A month ago, on 2 September 2021, the ECC leadership was called upon by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Hon. Gabriel Changson Chan unveiled the long awaited news of the College registration. This has been a very tedious, slow and challenging process to say the least. After approximately 10 years of hard work, waiting, and hoping, the ECC story is a reminder that delay is not denial. When the vision is clear and hearts are committed to the cause delay can only be an incentive. By the grace of God, we have overcome various obstacles; insecurity, economic crisis, uncertainties, isolation, discouragement, and despicable trials. However, this year, we are once again testifying that God is good, faithful and that He is indeed Emmanuel – God with us. He is also Ebenezer; for this far He has brought us and we pray He will take us to the next level.
We are grateful to the Government of South Sudan, especially the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and the professionals under the leadership of Hon. Minister Gabriel Changson Chan for making us realize this long awaited dream. We appreciate the government of Central Equatoria and different leaders especially Hon. Emmanuel Adil Anthony for the cooperation and support given to the College in various ways in our pursuit for registration and accreditation. We thank our host communities in Goli and Yei for their steadfast support for the ECC vision and mission since its establishment in Goli in 2001. Together with us, the Mundu people and the people of Yei River County have made quality education accessible to the people of South Sudan through their peaceful coexistence with our staff and students who come from various parts of South Sudan, Sudan and different parts of the world. In an era where our identity as South Sudanese is being reduced to tribal, state or regional borders the people of Yei River County have made their area a safe haven for people from different parts of this country and gave ECC the confidence to develop godly men and women for sustainable communities in South Sudan as we peacefully live together.
We are thankful to the Chairman of the ECC Board of Directors and Board members, the partners, the Management Team, the Academic Council, the staff – both the full time and part time staff – and students for the incredible faith in the pursuit of the vision and mission of this college. When giving up was the convenient thing to do, they chose commitment and made sacrifices to provide quality education to our youth. Partnership with international universities created to make quality education accessible to the people of South Sudan were brought to nothing when the Covid-19 pandemic got the world in a state of unrestrained paranoia in 2020. When all was lost and it appeared as if there was no way out, the ECC family responded with an amazing faith, courage, creativity and innovation making learning possible in situations which were impossible. Congratulations to all for this historical achievement!
Incidentally the ECC registration marks the College’s 20th anniversary. According to management experts, it is believed that when an organization reaches 20 years, it is likely to plateau and then descend on its way to collapse, if there is no renewed vision, energy, innovation, creativity and commitment to the mission. From its founding phase up to date, the College has gone through rigorous transitions; from a college with a single faculty of Theology, now ECC’s approved faculties consist of Business Administration, Leadership and Management, Education and Theology. From a College that has depended on affiliations for its programs, the college has now been registered and accredited as an independent college – and essentially on the way to becoming a university.
Therefore, I am persuaded that the registration and accreditation of ECC should provide renewed vision, energy, and commitment for all of us to take this College to greater heights.
May God Bless ECC!
This year our theme is ‘Fear not, for I am with you.’ As we are faced with the challenge of the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and other ripple effect attempts to control the disease, let us put our trust fully in the Lord because He has promised to be with us. He is with us.
In the year 2020, I decided to tell my mum that I will be continuing with ECC because I found no difference with going to Uganda or Juba to attain my diploma in any place because ECC offers the excellent educational services. The uniqueness of ECC approach to education, the learning atmosphere and the passion for God and principled life in all the professional course made me choose ECC above any other university within our outside the country.
I am delighted to have chosen this Christ-centered institution where people from different tribes, regions, denominations and backgrounds, all come together at this to study. I am pursuing my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at Emmanuel Christian College. Since I joined ECC my life has immensely been transformed. My joy and excitement is that I am speaking as a transformed person who has experienced the power of the Word and the power of academic excellence demonstrated by the ECC lecturers.
Emmanuel Christian College trained me to teach learners with courage and confidence. I learnt how to teach learners using teaching aids, prepare lesson plan and scheme of work. This was possible to me because of the constant guidance and support offered by the ECC lecturers.
Therefore, ECC is not only a place for academic excellence but it is a college where one could find love, courage, confidence, support, friends who care. ECC is a center for holistic transformation and is a place where the life of Jesus Christ is made relevant to every aspect of life.