“I was born in a village in my father’s land, Bentiu in Sout Sudan. It was a year of famine and three month later my mother died from a short illness. To make it worse, my father died tragically of a heart attack because of his wife’s death. But the good thing was that my stepmother had also given birth, and she raised my sibling and I as twins. In Nilotic culture, our lives depend on livestock and we didn’t have enough cattle, goats or sheep. We would probably have grown up as poor as orphans but my stepmother worked hard to provide for us and to prevent us from having to beg. My brother was recruited into the armed forces for the liberation of our country and we later received the bad news of his death. Eight months later, the army recruited me by force as a child solder. I grew up in the army and received combat training.
After three years, in 2005, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in Kenya. According to the agreement, the SPLA chief commander ordered all generals to immediately release all child solders. I immediately used that opportunity to go back to my town, Bentiu. In late 2006, I joined preschool but it was so hard for a former soldier to learn new skills and it was also very hard for me to get the school fee. Five years later, I managed to reach high school. In 2013, my stepmother died, but by God’s will I managed to find a job in 2012 before she died!”
How did you learn about Alison?
In 2013, I learned about Alison online and later some friends also recommended it.
What was your first course on Alison, and why did you choose it?
I first studied the course on Supply Chain Management, because of my field of work. I was working as a warehouse keeper in the of Supply Chain Management department in the United Nations mission in South Sudan.
How have Alison courses affected your career?
Since I joined Alison online, I’ve prospered dramatically step by step. I’m eager to learn and also to practically apply the theory. It’s a fantastic way of upskilling and the website works smoothly.
What’s your favourite way to relax from studying?
If I’ve completed the course I want to finish, or am tired or anxious about it, I find it’s good to take a break for get some refreshment.
Where are you working now?
I am working with the United Nations and I’m also now studying the Strategic Management course and an agriculture maintenance course for future business investment.
What’s next for you, in terms of education?
Alison has clearly shown me the best way forward is to have an education plan and a business plan. I’ve already planned for my future schooling, if God allows me to stay for some days.
If you could learn absolutely anything in the world from an Alison course, what would it be?
It would be how to provide freedom of learning and equal education to the rest of the world, and how to streamline access to school and provide other privileges to children.
What would you say to someone if they asked you about Alison? Would you recommend it and why?
Alison is my favorite website and I have benefited so much from it. I was the first person who had an Alison certificate in my home town and I encouraged my colleagues to join Alison for their own good. It’s my duty to preach the quality of Alison in my province.