Student Spotlight: Rebecca Adut Mathiang

In this time of tremendous challenges and uncertainty in South Sudan, it’s important to hold out hope that a brighter future still exists for this young nation. The VAD Foundation continues to invest in young people, providing them with quality education and skills in order to improve their lives and change their country for the better. Every single day, on MBSS campus, we see the promise of South Sudan in our students who are an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Their dreams are beautiful. 

Rebecca's Story in Her Own Words


I come to school to learn how to read and write and to speak with other people who do not know our local language. I also want to be an educated girl. In the future, I don’t want to be like my grandparents who do not know life in school.

My father is a soldier in the army. He has 6 wives and 23 children. He is the one who takes good care of us; sending all of us to school, so I know I should repay him.

At school, I like the way the teachers teach us. I appreciate them very much, that is why I put effort in to understand everything they teach me. I also read very hard to have good grades in my classes.

When I finish school, I want to be the minister of education and sports, and build a stadium in Marial Bai.

My biggest challenge is that my father wants to retire from his work, and I don’t know anyone who is going to take his place.

I like playing football and other activities.

Yvonne Chen