To promote awareness about explosive hazards, UNMAS in collaboration with the National Mine Action Authority hosted a Risk Education competition on 8TH March 2017 at the Nyakuron Centre, Juba. A total of Nine Schools performed on the occasion and the winner will get a chance to shoot a video with the Jay Family. The song and music video will be launched on 4 April 2017, International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
Gracing the occasion was the Japanese Ambassador, H.E Kiya Masahiko, who was amongst the panelist deliberating the winners for the Talent show. The performances were radiant as the children treated the guests to songs, dances and skits promoting awareness for the danger of Mines.
As the Judges deliberated their decision, the school children and the audience were treated to a traditional Japanese ceremony performed by the Japanese Engineering Contingent of UNMISS.
Giada Girls Primary School was the winner for the day, singing in one of their performances, “Be careful of the mines, and take care of yourself.” The competition was tough, with Green Hill Pre and Primary school performing a dramatic skit showcasing the budding talents in attendance. One girl from Giada girls even broke out in a rap mid song. As the Jay Family performed some of their hit songs, all the students joined them on stage dancing, the entire crowd joined in celebration.
The Japanese Ambassador, Kiya Masahiko, in his closing remarks stated that the Japanese have been promoting the UNMAS mine action even before South Sudan attained independence contributing more than 12 million USD. He announced that the Japanese Government will contribute a further 0.9 million USD for this year’s assistance to UNMAS.
As the United Nations Mine Action Service celebrates its 20-year anniversary this year, this competition will be the first of several events during 2017 to highlight the work of mine action organizations throughout the country.
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Watch Japanese Ambassador, Kiya Masahiko, handing out the reward to the winners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM3BtdHPRCY