Friends Of Ibba Girls School (FIGS), South Sudan

Unlocking Education for Girls in South Sudan

Help expand the campus of Ibba Girls' School to increase the capacity of the school, so that more girls will be able to enter and complete secondary education, and to improve the quality of life and learning for the girl students.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1146220)

Campaign target

£80,000

Amount raised

£81,420

Donations

123

Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation

  • I'm humbled to join this amazing family of IGBS and am happy to see that somewhere in South Sudan, a number of girls are having such an advantage. I'm overwhelmed to join them so that together we work hard and achieve the goals of Ibba Girls’ School and in turn make South Sudan a better country.

    — Mrs Eunice Laker, Director of Studies, Secondary School

  • Many of us want to become doctors and teachers because our people are suffering from very many diseases like cholera, malaria and Ebola so we want to study and fight them out of our community. That is why we have said “NO” to early marriage. We are very happy to be in Ibba Girls' Boarding School.

    — Students of Class Primary 6, Ibba Girls' School, South Sudan

  • We want to study and become doctors, engineers, pilots, accountants etc so that we will help fight diseases in our country, improve on the poor road system, fly aeroplanes, and improve on the economy of our country. We call ourselves the luckiest girls in the world.

    — Students of Class Primary 8, Ibba Girls' School, South Sudan

Situation

Very few girls in South Sudan are able to complete their secondary education - many trapped by domestic duties, childhood marriage and early pregnancy. More women die in childbirth each year than graduate from secondary school. The school still lacks facilities which in the UK we would take for granted. Staff prepare lessons, eat meals, sort out finances and welcome visitors all in one room. There is no meeting space, no adequate kitchen, and only two old latrines for over 220 girls.

Solution

A boarding school for girls gives them a safe place to live and learn, which will empower them, their families, their communities for the future. Ibba Girls' Boarding School is approaching its seventh year and its seventh cohort of girl students, when it will grow to 270 girls. Last year's primary graduates attained the best results of any school in South Sudan, including the top six places - those girls are now in the secondary stream at IGBS, a vital stage in their education.