Earlier this month, FIGS launched our new Pencil Power campaign, with two main aims; to raise awareness of the power of girls education in South Sudan and too raise funding for Year 2 of Ibba Girls School - £250k needed
Over 50 people joined us in the Crypt at St Martin’s in the Fields, on Thurs October 9 to kick the campaign off, with a viewing of the inspiring film made by Jon Stevens and Nick Jones in Ibba in June, and warmly welcoming speeches from the like of FIGS Patron and former Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education and Employment Lord Michael Bichard, and many more. Click here to read more.
Messages of warm support were also received from:
Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for DfID/UK Aid:
I thank you for your invitation to speak at the London Launch of the ‘Pencil Power’ campaign. Unfortunately due to travel commitments I will be unable to attend. I pass on my best wishes for a successful event. DFID commends the fact that your campaign to support girls’ education in South Sudan, and the Ibba Girls Boarding School initiative in particular, is continuing in spite of the ongoing political crisis there"
Baroness Estelle Morris, FIGS Patron:
"I have received the FIGS newsletters and have been both delighted and impressed by the progress you have made. It looks to be a brilliant school and the enthusiasm of the pupils, parent and community is obvious. Congratulations to all of you."
Baroness Caroline Cox, HART:
"I am very sad not to be with you in person this evening but I am passionately with you in spirit. May I take this opportunity to give my huge support for Ibba Girls’ School, because education for girls must be one of the highest priorities for the nation of South Sudan as the people rebuild shattered lives and communities following the horrendous war inflicted by the regime in Khartoum - in which 2 million perished and 4 million were displaced."
Margaret and Archbishop of York John Sentamu, FIGS Patron:
"Sadly neither my husband (The Archbishop of York) or I are able to join you this Thursday evening at St Martins in the Fields for the launch of the Pencil Power Campaign to raise awareness of the need for girls education in South Sudan. Please accept my prayers for the vital fundraising work that you are doing for Year 2 of Ibba Girls School in Western Equatoria State and the transformation that this education will provide. Every single penny raised counts and will go a very long way at the other end."