Who's Involved

Ibba Girls School has the active support of the local community, including the village elders, tribal chiefs, the churches (RC and Episcopal) and the government (at county, state and national levels).

Two formal bodies, constituted under South Sudan law - the Ibba Girls Boarding School Trustees and the Board of Governors – are responsible for the running of the school.

Friends of Ibba Girls School (FIGS) has been established in the UK and registered as a charitable trust and company limited by guarantee, to guard the vision, the land and the funding for the school. FIGS has 3 Patrons and currently 11 Trustees.

While starting up, FIGS has depended on a large network of volunteers, many of them committed professionals generously giving their time and expertise pro bono. We also have a small amount of paid fundraising and communications support, and expect to hire some other staff to help us expand and sustain FIGS over the longer term.


Ibba Girls Boarding School (IGBS) was opened in 2014 and is registered as a community school with the Ministry of Education in (the former) Western Equatoria State (registration number 047/DD5614, dated 5th June 2014). 

The founding Constitution of the school was approved and signed at a public meeting in Ibba in June 2014, attended by over 500 people from the local community, county, state and national governments, the Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches, and non-governmental institutions (NGOs). This Constitution is currently being reviewed and revised in light of changes in the structure of the South Sudanese government. 

The Constitution describes the roles and responsibilities of four interlinked bodies:

  1. South Sudan Trustees, Ibba Girls Boarding School (IGBS)
  2. IGBS Board of Governors
  3. Head Teacher and the school's Senior Management Team (SMT)
  4. UK Trustees of Friends of Ibba Girls School (FIGS)

The South Sudan Trustees

Pia Philip Michael (Minister Of Education, Western Equatorial State, Vice Chair)

Bridget Nagomoro (Commissioner Of Ibba County)

Wilson Kamani (Ecs Bishop For Ibba)

Father Stephen Kumyangi (Rc Priest For Yambio/Tombura Diocese)

Sister Margaret Scott (Principal, Solidarity Teacher Training College, Yambio)

John Benington (Representing the UK Trustees)

Hon. Sappana Abuyi, Chair of Governor

The Trustees of IGBS have been formed under South Sudan law, with the following 3 main responsibilities:

  • To protect and promote the founding vision and values of IGBS
  • To own and protect the land and buildings for the school
  • To ensure that a well functioning Board of Governors and Head Teacher is in place for the school

The ownership of the land and buildings for Ibba Girls Boarding School is vested in the South Sudan Trustees, in perpetuity, but in the unlikely event of closure of the school, the assets will be transferred to the South Sudanese government.

The Board of Governors

Hon. Sappana Abuyi, Chair of Governor

Bridget Nagomoro (Commissioner Of Ibba County)

Tito Gerusama, Commissioner for Ibba County - Governor

Wilson Kamani (Ecs Bishop For Ibba)

Fr Joaquim Oboi, Rc Priest For Ibba County

Marona Saku, Paramount Chief For Ibba County - Governor

Sister Margaret Scott (Principal, Solidarity Teacher Training College, Yambio)

The Board of Governors for IGBS has been formed under South Sudan law. The Board reports to the Trustees on an annual basis and works in partnership with the head-teacher, staff, parents and other stakeholders in governing the school with the following aims:

  • To develop a strategic framework, aims and objectives for the school. The role of the head-teacher and the management team is to implement this agreed strategy.
  • To develop policies, priorities, outcomes and targets for the achievement of the above strategy, aims and objectives
  • To develop and approve the budget
  • To monitor and evaluate whether and how far the above strategy, aims and objectives are being achieved in practice
  • To review the lessons from experience and what needs to be done to improve school performance

The School's Head Teacher and Senior Management Team

Vicky Ajidiru

Head Teacher


Finance Manager

Pasca Kimeli

Senior Teacher

Yoane Kumbonyaki


Uyaka Malimi


Agnes Ozitiru


Fabiano Kumbawote


Dumba James

Maths Teacher

The UK Trustees

Emeritus Professor John Benington (Hon Chair)

Gary Bandy (Treasurer)

Cynthia Bower

Margaret Eddershaw

Professor Jean Hartley

Jacob Lagu

Julie Lodrick

Pamela Lomoro

Hugh C Paget

Julia Sanders

Dame Rosalind Marsden

The UK charity Friends of Ibba Girls School is governed by a distinguished body of UK Trustees which ensures that the funds raised are well-managed and allocated to these main purposes:

  • to build and develop Ibba Girls Boarding School (IGBS) in South Sudan
  • to protect and promote the founding vision and values for the school
  • to ensure that the school is well-led and managed
  • to cultivate good quality teaching and learning, in line with the school's declared ethos. 

The UK Trustees of Friends of Ibba Girls School work in close partnership with the South Sudan Trustees and Board of Governors for the school.

FIGS Patrons

Lord Michael Bichard

Baroness Estelle Morris

Margaret Sentamu

School staff

Joyce Charles


Victoria James


Emmanuel Maburuk Wilson


Margaret Titi


Nora Martin


Ngengaanite Josephine Tito


Eunice Naworo


Daniel Sangba


Keffa Peter

Security Staff

Juma Silman

Security Staff

Borote Yepeta

Security Guard

Micheal Sebit

Security Guard

Simon Elisama


Juliano Mboriidie

Position: Groundsman

Thomas Franco


Loyce Aninyasi


Cecilia Michael


Fozia Onesimo


Elizabeth Nambiro


Nora Wilson Daniel


Our donors

Initial funding for the school has come from a rapidly expanding network of Friends of Ibba Girls School mainly in the UK, with growing interest from Africa, Australia, China, Europe, New Zealand, and the USA.

We are grateful for wonderfully generous financial support from:


Over 600 Friends of Ibba Girls School have given their time, energy and finances to open, build and develop the school. We are very thankful for each one. To read some of their stories and find out about Friends’ events near you, check out the Supporter Stories section of our website here.

Trusts and Foundations

We are also grateful for grants or loans from the following:

  • Austin Bailey Foundation
  • Deus Laudamus Trust
  • DfID programme : Girls Education for South Sudan (GESS)
  • Fields of Life
  • Global Care
  • Homeless International
  • Horne Family Trust (Canada)
  • IT Schools Africa
  • Joyce Carr Doughty Trust
  • Marr-Munning Trust
  • Metanoia Trust
  • World Vision 
  • Zhejiang Wonder Public Foundation


Gifts from churches of all denominations have been a major source of support for Ibba Girls School. Many of these involve ongoing relationships, often with the prospect of multi-annual gifts or tithes. They include:-

  • Christ the King RC Church in Coventry
  • Evenlode Vale Parish Churches
  • Long Crendon churches
  • St Nic’s Nottingham 
  • St James’ Styvechale
  • St Stephen’s Canley
  • St Peter's Kineton
  • St Barbara’s, Earlsdon, Coventry
  • Warwick University chaplaincy 


  • St Paul's School, Gippsland, Melbourne, Australia
  • Earlsdon Primary School, Coventry
  • Mount School, York 
  • St Edward's School, Cheltenham
  • Weeke Primary School, Winchester
  • Brunswick Primary School, Brighton and Hove, UK


We have had invaluable advice and support from individuals in several private firms.

In addition to giving money, many people and organisations are contributing their time and expertise on a pro bono basis, or providing us with excellent advice or services well beyond the call of duty.

A huge thank you to all our Friends: you support Ibba Girls Boarding School in so many different, creative and generous ways.

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