Recent History - A College in Decline

The College In Juba

Broken LouvresSince 1987 Bishop Gwynne College has remained in its 'temporary' accommodation, the former ACROSS building in Juba. This is an attractive, solid redbrick building built around a rectangular quadrangle. Sadly, however, it is too small for the number of students that Bishop Gwynne College traditionally housed. But as the civil war raged it was all that was available to the college, and the principal, Canon Benaiah Poggo managed to keep the collge alive and working despite the difficulties. Various properties were purchased for the college to use in the area as housing for students and staff. A dormotory and hall and kitchen were constructed on a separate site. But the war dragged on.

Debt and Decline

The LibraryHostilities continued until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, but by this time the college was very run down. The building was in a very sad state of disrepair. The water was turned off and the toilets unusable. There was no electric light owing to a unpaid bills. Affiliation with St Paul's Limuru lapsed. As standards dropped so did international financial support. By 2007, most of the college property had been leased out in an attempt to make ends meet, but despite this, the college continued to plunge into debt. Some staff left and those who remained were frequently unpaid. The library fell into chaos, and was allowed to become buried under a thick layer of dust from the unsurfaced road.

Beginnings of a New Vision

A College BuildingIn 2008, the new Archbishop, the Most Reverend Dr. Daniel Deng Bul, taking over in a situation of relative peace for Southern Sudan, oversaw a renewed desire to begin the process of restoring Bishop Gwynne College - and even continuing the development towards the foundation of a Bishop Gwynne University.
In February 2009 the Archbishop issued an Order by which Bishop Gwynne College should be closed down. Enough assets were to be realised in order the pay off the debts, which have turned out to be in the reagion of 450,000 Sudanese Pounds (US$ 170,000). The remaining assets have been given to a new foundation (which we are calling New Bishop Gwynne College) under an Interim Administration whose task it is to see the re-establishment of the college.