Awut Mayom Agok
Awut Mayom Agok, (Deborah) is one of eleven graduates from our first class in 2011, She has continued her education after graduation by working toward a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance degree at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and at IESEG School of Management in Paris, France. As a strong leader and role model, she also serves as the first female Chairperson for RUMYA, a youth union that advocates for peace and justice in South Sudan.
As an advocate for peace and gender equality, Deborah spoke to HRSS students about her work as the first female Chairperson for RUMYA (youth union). In her own words, she encouraged each student to remember:
"That educating the girl child makes a difference for an entire community, and not only their relatives but the extended neighborhood. Every girl must believe that girls are equal to boys."
"To give thanks to the teachers and that this school is the stepping stone to reach the furthest end."
When Deborah returned to HRSS to visit four years later, she stated that she was happy to see the school's growth from her class of only 4 young women to the current class of 93 female students in 2015.
Awut Mayom Agok (Deborah), the first female president of Rumbeck Youth Union, explains the symbolism in the Youth Union’s seal pictured to the right:
"The Candle inside reflects the change we are in right now as compared to the past years; a Lady carrying the pot on her head is our great ancestor named Akon Buoi, she represents the hard working ability of all women, as you could see a can carry 30-50 kgs of weight on her head while standing and talking with one who is carrying no weight. The man holding his weapons is a symbol for protection to the society against any harm. The two holdings represent Unity that all of us."