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Project information

Let Her Learn - Build & Equip Our Secondary School

In 2018, after 5 years' study, the first cohort of nearly 40 girls will graduate from primary education at Ibba Girls School (IGS), with another cohort to follow each year after. In South Sudan where 9 in 10 women currently cannot read, help us to equip IGS to offer girls a good secondary education.

February 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Friends Of Ibba Girls School (FIGS), South Sudan

Friends Of Ibba Girls School (FIGS), South Sudan logo
  • Need


    Educational attainment in South Sudan is very low, especially for women; it is twice as likely that by age 18 a South Sudanese girl will have died in pregnancy or childbirth than completed her education, and only 800 young women complete secondary school nationwide. Ibba Girls School aims to offer a safe, well-equipped environment where girls receive a high-quality education undisrupted, so that they can graduate from secondary school, and go on to serve as leaders in this young, fragile nation.


    This project will allow the school to lay solid foundations for secondary education by raising enough funding to 1. Build 4 additional classrooms and a toilet block, to provide for all 4 secondary grades which will each see a cohort of nearly 40 girl students enrolling over the next 3 years, 2. Engage 3 secondary subject-specific teachers in Science, English and the Humanities, and 3. Offer specialist science equipment so that the girls can be taught more complex topics in greater detail.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip the school to offer a high-quality secondary education, preparing girls to lead South Sudan


    » Build the next block of 4 classrooms, and accompanying toilets, so that each secondary cohort has sufficient learning space and sanitation facilities.
    » Employ 3 trained secondary subject-specific teachers to offer a high-quality education in Science, English and the Humanities.
    » Equip the science room for in-depth learning with water supply, means of heating, and items like a Liebig condenser, bunsen burners and microscopes.

    What success will look like

    Success is nearly 40 girls graduating secondary school annually from 2022. In South Sudan right now, this would represent 5 percent of all female secondary graduates nationally.

  • Impact


    This project enables the continued high-quality education of up to 360 girls in South Sudan. It gives each Ibba student a safe, direct pathway to finish secondary school, paving the way for further education, work and nation-building leadership. The impact will be shown by 30 girls (the first cohort) graduating in 2022, rising to 40 in 2024 and each year thereafter, and by longitudinal tracking that sees graduates going into leadership roles in community, business and government in South Sudan.


    1. Political instability elsewhere in South Sudan – the school has good working partnerships with local authorities and communities to ensure good communication and acceptance, and extensive, regularly reviewed security plans.
    2. Financial – long-term viability is addressed by a government plan to increase funding over 25 years, and income-generation and agriculture projects.
    3. Reputational – the school has an ‘Excellence not Elitism’ policy, and supports local community projects.


    If they wish, donors will receive a regular email newsletter with detailed student stories, photos, films, building updates, and reports on the running of the school and the wider South Sudanese context. They will also be invited to our annual meeting, with a chance to skype call students and staff.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £84,745 Building Constructing a new 4-classroom block and accompanying toilets for 4 secondary cohorts
      £11,660 Equipping Employing 3 secondary subject-specific teachers in Science, English and the Humanities
      £3,595 Equipping Providing science laboratory and other equipment for more in-depth secondary-level study
  • Background


    The school is in Ibba county, former Western Equatoria state, one of the few parts of South Sudan still rated food secure (FEWSNET 2018). In an oil-dependent country seeing the spread of sectarian conflict, the state’s 1.6m mostly Azande leaders and people have avoided conflict, instead pursuing education and economic development. Students are chosen from every county in the state, and national, state and county government leaders, the paramount chief, local clergy and parents support the school


    The school’s 191 current girl students will have a safe, undisrupted route to finishing secondary school, as will the further 160 girls whom we aim to enrol from 2019 to 2022 – 360 girls in total. There is also a culture of the girls teaching their families what they have learnt at school in the holidays, about hygiene, sanitation, spelling, reading and writing, creating a ripple effect. Moreover, the school currently employs nearly 40 South Sudanese staff, a number that will grow as we expand.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FIGS has an in-depth understanding of South Sudan from regular visits and close links with many local stakeholders. Our UK Trustees are experts in establishing systems for school governance and management, financial control, improving teaching quality, and monitoring and evaluation. Our building work uses sustainable principles, and we are forming a national teachers’ learning network. These factors enable us to develop an excellent girls’ school, and to share knowledge and good practice widely.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Headteacher Richard Aluma

    A well-qualified and experienced South Sudanese headteacher, he manages a committed team of teaching and support staff, and sets school culture.

    Architect Malcolm Worby

    A well-qualified architect designing the school using green principles, and local materials where possible. Conducts site visits for quality control.

    UK Trustee Julia Sanders

    An experienced headteacher, Julia works shoulder to shoulder with the school's Director of Studies Vicky to maintain teaching quality as IGS grows.

    Hon. Treasurer Gary Bandy

    A UK chartered accountant, he oversees sound financial management systems, with clear audit trails and authorisation lines, in the UK and South Sudan.

Give the girls of South Sudan the power to learn


will pay for a girl student's food for one year.

"I am happier in this school than before; there is no beating. I have books, pens, breakfast, electricity, water. I've learnt about health education."

Helon, one of our first intake of 40 girls