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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.

The UK Trustees

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 the main purposes

  • to build and develop Ibba Girls Boarding School 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 South Sudan Trustees

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 Trustees, in perpetuity, but in the event of closure of the school the assets (land and buildings) will be transferred to Western Equatoria State government.

The Board of Governors

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 Board of Governors will meet 3 to 6 times per year and shall be made up of 13 people from the following categories and stakeholder groups:

Foundation Governors

Nominated by the founding bodies named below

  • Chair of Trustees (ex officio)
  • Western Equatoria Government representative
  • Bishop Wilson Kamani or representative from ECS Church
  • Father Stephen Kumyangi or representative from the ECS Church and/or the parish priest of Ibba)

Community Governors

Invited by the existing governors

  • The Paramount Chief (ex officio)
  • Other community representatives 

Staff Governors

  • Head Teacher (ex officio)
  • Teaching Staff (elected by the teaching staff)

Parent Governors

Elected by parents of children in the school

  • Parents
  • Parent/teacher association representative

The Board of Governors will also have the power to form sub-committees of its members to meet regularly and report to the full Board of Governors on the following issues: School Strategy and Priorities, Resource Management Sub-Committee, Performance and Standards Sub-Committee, Head Teacher and Management Team.

The chair of the board will meet regularly with the Head Teacher to review the schools progress and performance.

Trustees & Patrons


  • Lord Michael Bichard

  • Baroness Estelle Morris

  • Margaret Sentamu

FIGS UK Trustees

  • Emeritus Professor John Benington (Hon Chair)

  • Gary Bandy (Treasurer)

  • Cynthia Bower

  • Professor Jean Hartley

  • Jacob Lagu

  • Julie Lodrick

  • Pamela Lomoro

  • Hugh C Paget

  • Rev Michael Paget-Wilkes

  • John Scouller

  • Julia Sanders

IGBS South Sudan Trustees

  • Sapana Abuyi (Deputy Governor of Western Equatorial State, Hon Chair)

  • 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)

South Sudan Board of Governors

  • Bridget Nagomoro (Commissioner for Ibba County, Chair of Governors)

  • Bishop Wilson Kamani (ECS Bishop for Ibba Diocese)

  • Fr Joaquim Oboi, RC Priest for Ibba County

  • Marona Saku, Paramount Chief for Ibba County

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

School Staff

  • Richard Aluma

    Position: Head Teacher
  • Fabiano Kumbawote

    Position: Teacher
  • Vicky Ajidiru

    Position: Director of Studies
  • Simon Elisama

    Position: Grounds Staff
  • Sonaa Santino

    Position: Finance Manager
  • Thomas Franco

    Position: Security Guard
  • Micheal Sebit

    Position: Security Guard
  • Agnes Ozitiru

    Position: Teacher
  • Yoane Kumbonyaki

    Position: Teacher
  • James Khemis

    Position: Gardener
  • Oliver Kurayo

    Position: Security Guard
  • Simon Mbasi

    Position: School Assistant / Driver
  • Jovia Ithungu

    Position: School Nurse
  • Olivia Kihembo

    Position: Matron
  • Ludia Nagib

    Position: Matron
  • Regina Mongoregu

    Position: Matron
  • Margaret Titi

    Position: Cook
  • Eunice Naworo

    Position: Cook
  • Fozia Onesimo

    Position: Cook
  • Cecilia Michael

    Position: Cook
  • Selwa Gumborikee

    Position: Cleaner
  • Elizabeth Nambiro

    Position: Cleaner
  • Loyce Aninyasi

    Position: Cleaner
  • Juma Silman

    Position: Grounds Staff
  • Keffa Peter

    Position: Grounds Staff
  • Borote Yepeta

    Position: Security Guard


Donate Today

The initial funding for the school has come from a rapidly expanding network of Friends and supporters of Ibba school mainly in the UK, but also with growing interest in Africa, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and the USA.

We are grateful for wonderfully generous financial support from

  • Individuals
  • Small to medium Trusts and Foundations
  • Churches of all denominations
  • Schools
  • Businesses


Over 500 individuals have donated so far, of which 

  • 34 have donated more than £1000
  • 30 have donated between £500 and £1000
  • 97 have donated £100 to £500

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
  • Homeless International
  • Horne Family Trust (Canada)
  • IT Schools Africa
  • Joyce Carr Doughty Trust
  • Marr-Munning Trust
  • Metanoia Trust
  • World Vision 
  • Global Care 


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 £5k per year for 5 years
  • Evenlode Vale Parish Churches – Youth café and Lent lunches
  • Long Crendon churches – Men’s breakfast
  • St Nic’s Nottingham £32k tithe, towards operational costs
  • St James’ Styvechale, gift and contributions from their community cafe
  • St Stephen’s Canley: £1,166 from their tithe this year 
  • St Peter's Kineton: £2,000 promised for a teacher’s salary 
  • 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


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.


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