Our April Newsletter brings further exciting news and details of:
Opportunities to meet with Bridget Nagomoro from Ibba, during her visit to the UK between May 11 – 27
The programme for our seminar on the challenges of girls schooling in South Sudan, in central London on Wednesday May 15
Speakers include Margaret Sentamu (wife of the Archbishop of York), Bridget Nagomoro, Hon Pia Michael, Minister of Education for Western Equatoria State, and others from South Sudan
The programme for FIGS Annual General Meeting in London on Wednesday May 15, with progress reports from Ibba and the UK, and a chance to discuss and shape our future strategy, together with Bridget, Pia and the UK Trustees
The appointment of additional FIGS Trustees – with more women, more African people and more young people
Progress in the building of the first school classrooms in Ibba
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With today being International Women’s Day (Friday 8th March), we want to share with you the 10×10’s feature film, Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, showcasing the power of education to change the world through the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries. The film is being premiered in New York this week and is a part of the 10×10 global campaign to improve education for girls in the developing countries. Take a look!
You don’t need to go to South Sudan to help FIGS achieve our aim. We are working with local South Sudanese traders to design and build the school, but there are a lot of ways you can help us progress right here in England. We are looking volunteers, based in London, who’d be interested to get involved in a range of local events and activities! This will include working with:
UK-based South Sudanese communities.
Schools to raise awareness and support fundraising.
Other volunteers to organize large fundraising events.
Trustees to write bids in order to obtain funding and more…
We are a new and small charity and we have a lot of work ahead of us! By getting involved you will help shape the projects future and will make a huge difference to the lives of young South Sudanese women.
If you’re interested in getting involved we formally invite you to join us at our introductory event in London! Please can all attendees send notice of their attendance to Londonfigs@gmail.com as soon as possible.
Elysia, Jemma, and Eva from Earlsdon Primary School in Coventry met Bridget, the district commissioner in Ibba and founder of The Ibba Residential Girls School, and the Ibba team when they visited the school in October 2010. They decided to organise a cake sale and other events and raised £60 for Ibba. Earlier this month they presented the money to John Benington, chair of the trustees,and Tina Kiefer (whose daughter Mia goes to the school) at a special school assembly. John gave the school a progress report and showed them the slides of the school site as it is developing … and now one of their teachers is offering to do some sponsored fund-raising.
TheFriends of Ibba Girls’ School organised a trip to the University of Warwick for the South Sudan Theatre Company earlier this year. The company had just completed two-days of performances of William Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline at the Globe Theatre in London. Jean Hartley, a founder Trustee of The Friends of Ibba Girls’ School, said:
Educating children in developing countries, especially girls, has a huge impact socially. Through schooling and introduction of arts – including music and theatre – there is a powerful way of helping people to express themselves through culture. Our day was moving and stimulating , as we experienced and discussed how education and theatre can effectively support post-conflict reconstruction of this new nation – independent on 9 July 2011 – after 50 years of civil war and disruption.
It was Commissioner Bridget Nagomoro who first dreamed of creating a residential school for girls in her home village of Ibba, in the county of the same name in South Sudan – a dream which is now being supported by the Friends of Ibba Girls School. She donated some family land for the school; Chief Severio also donated some land. Before construction could start recently on the first phase of building, affidavits for the transfer of the land to the School were needed. The signing was at a ceremony at the Commissioner’s office. Bridget addressed the elders of Ibba about the project – some of them were formal witnesses to the signing.