A Non Governmental organization known as Talent Initiative for Development has trained 35 students of St. Peter Secondary school in Juba on trauma healing last weekend.
The training aims at raising awareness on trauma and healing processes among young people in South Sudan in the time of the pandemic. Jane Juan Augustine a participant appreciated the organization for organizing this training because now she has learned how to face her fears. “I appreciate Talent Initiatives for Development for organizing this programme because I feel like I have gained more knowledge on trauma and healing. At least I have some hope know for myself I know how to control myself and how to identify signs and symptoms of trauma in people,” Juan said.
Roseline Akita Charles is a senior four student at St. Peter Secondary school said she never knew that because of the wars many people in the country are traumatized.
She believed that many bad things that happened and keep happening in South Sudan because almost all the citizens are traumatized but did not know how to deal with the trauma.
Roseline is happy that TIDE has taken the initiative of raising awareness on trauma and healing to young people especially at school. “I'm so happy that you are moving around raising awareness about these things. I know many young boys and girls outside and inside the school who are going through such traumatic experiences but they do not know how to deal with it. I'm so happy that TIDE is doing this and I believe this shall continue and South Sudan shall become a better place. Roseline added that she will be glad to share the knowledge gained during this training with her friends.
Another comment from boys representative.
One of the students Angelo GondaGasta said this is the first time such training has been conducted in their school. “I am so happy for Talent Initiative for Development because it is wonderful that something like this has come to our school and we really learned a lot. We have heard other stories that were not known to us and we learned from that experience sharing,” Angelo explained.
The teacher's representative of St. Peters Secondary School applauded TIDE for the work saying such training are very vital for the students because they encounter traumatise or stressing moments everyday in their lives these include bullying by their fellow students at school or even at their communities. As teachers we are very happy that the Talent Initiative for Development-TIDE for such an opportunity offer to our school and we request the Organisation to conduct more of this trainings. We request their supporters and funders to continue supporting such project.
Meanwhile the training facilitator Faida Mary said that trauma affects almost everyone but people give less attention to it. She added that many people develop mental health problem due to trauma that is why others walk naked on the street or talk alone while on the road.
Mary appealed to the participants to always take care of their mental health as a priority and ensure that they seek help immediately when dealing with traumatic experiences.
Our Founder Mr. Samuel Sebit speaking to students about the importance of trauma healing in our lives especially in a conflict affected societies like in South Sudan and why TIDE focuses on innovative ideas like this to achieve peace at the personal and communities through organising such activities.
I am so happy for Talent Initiative for Development because it is wonderful that something like this has come to our school and we really learned a lot. We have heard other stories that were not known to us and we learned from that experience sharing,” Angelo explained. He further said that he also learned a lot on how to overcome trauma, the beauty of this training is that it has helped him directly to overcome my traumatic experiences “So I will keep this knowledge to myself and also pass to others outside the school environment because this training is beneficial for everyone who is going through a traumatic experience. He said this is the first time such training has been conducted in their school and wishes for more of these trainings to more students in different schools
A group photo with students and teachers of St. Peters Secondary School in Gudele Juba after training.