An ex-child solider from South Sudan is bringing his powerful message of peace to students across the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.
“We are pleased that Emmanuel Jal is returning to St. Clair Catholic,” says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education. “Since his visit last year to Ursuline College in Chatham, St. Clair Catholic students have been captivated by his personal story of survival and drawn to his message of peace.”
Jal was born in South Sudan, became a child soldier and, eventually, with the help and support of a British aid worker, became a recording artist and activist, with a message of peace and hope, not only for his own country, but for the world.
His story inspired Mrs. Courtney Mellow’s Grade 7 and 8 students at Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg to raise $1,300 last year for his charity, GUA Africa, which promotes and supports education in South Sudan. He now returns to Canada and will speak to both secondary and Grade 4 to 8 students from schools across the district.
“Jal’s inspiring story of overcoming adversity and turning hatred and bitterness into a life of peace has a tremendous impact,” says Mrs. Callaghan. “It is a message that resonates with students and helps to spur interest in social justice projects.”
Emmanuel Jal’s visit included the following schools: St. Patrick's Catholic High School, Sarnia; Christ The King Catholic School, Wallaceburg (including students from two other Wallaceburg Catholic schools), St. Vincent Catholic School, Chatham (including students from five other Chatham Catholic schools) and Ursuline College, Chatham.
In the photo above, students from Christ The King Catholic School in Wallaceburg pose with Emmanuel Jal following his presentation.