Friends of Ibba Girls' School
Who we are
Friends of Ibba Girls' School is a UK charity helping a local community build and develop a residential school for girls, aged 10 to 18, from Amadi, Gbudwe and Maridi states of South Sudan - the world’s newest nation.
We see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a practical difference to the education and life chances of girls in South Sudan. Ibba Girls’ School aims to educate and empower young women with the values, knowledge and skills for life, work and leadership in their local communities and at all levels.
In 2011, a group of local community leaders, led by Bridget Nagomoro, then Ibba County Commissioner, came together with the support of a team in the United Kingdom to develop plans to open a girls’ residential school. The school offers safety, support, high-quality teaching, and an undisrupted route to gain an integrated education from primary to secondary. It links knowledge with “both the pen and the hoe”, balancing academic learning with practical education in life skills.
In 2014, the school opened to its first 40 ten-year old girls, offering places to girls whatever their background or status. It now educates over 270 girls (as of spring 2020). No girl is prevented from coming to school because of a lack of income. The school is rooted in Christian values, a central part of the lives of most of those living in South Sudan, but it is open to and actively welcomes girls of all faiths and none.
The school is led by Head Teacher Mrs Vicky Ajidiru, who along with her team of qualified teachers, matrons, nurses, and support staff, cares for and empowers these 270 girls to shape not only their own futures but the future of their country.