Today is National Thank a Teacher Day in the United Kingdom, an opportunity to celebrate teachers, school leaders and school support staff for their amazing work, not only in these challenging times but all year round.
Although this is a UK-based initiative, we, as the UK-based charity that supports Ibba Girls' School, wanted to reach out to the staff in South Sudan to thank them for their hard work, dedication and professionalism. Although the school is temporarily closed, our CEO Mark Simmons remains in close contact with Head Teacher, Vicky Ajidiru, who in turn, remains in close contact with her team. We are pleased to advise they are all well.
We would like to extend a particular thank you to Maths teacher, Fabiano Kumbawote (pictured above), who has remained behind in the village of Ibba, working with local staff to ensure the site is maintained, so it is ready for when the girls are safely able to return. You may have seen on our social media platforms photos of Fabiano and the dedicated team hard at work (while socially distancing). Fabiano even managed to single-handedly fix the school's internet connection when it went down! Because of the dedication of the local team, girls who also live near to the school have been able to safely pop in (one at a time) in order to borrow books to help them continue their studies.
South Sudan is no stranger to unrest and uncertainty and the calm professionalism of the experienced team there continues to inspire all of us who support the school.
Please do share your gratitude to the staff by making a donation to Friends of Ibba Girls' School today. Your support will help us to continue ensuring all teachers are fully paid during the school's temporary closure.