WE sees education as a catalyst that breaks the cycle of poverty.
In particular, WE believes that investing in the education of girls is key to transforming communities. Yet girls lack the opportunity to go beyond primary education because of domestic obligations, family finances, early marriage and inadequate access to secondary schools. While primary education in Kenya is free, secondary education remains incredibly costly and largely out of reach for young people in the communities that WE partners with.
Studies suggest that when girls are educated to secondary level, there is a positive, long-term impact, not only for the girl, but for her family and the community. In order to educate and empower girls graduating from primary school, WE opened Kisaruni Secondary School in 2011, which now has two campuses: Milimani and Oleleshwa.
Since 2014, 134 young women have graduated from Kisaruni Group of Schools. Of these 134, 84 per cent went on to post-secondary education, choosing to study an incredible range of subjects—from teaching and medicine to engineering and journalism. Many dream of returning to their communities with their knowledge and skills.
While WE first focused on providing quality education for young women in the Mara, we have now built a campus to provide equal educational opportunities for the young men. Kisaruni Secondary School Ngulot Campus mirrors its sister campuses with a goal of providing quality secondary education, leadership development and a culture of peace and community service for the young men.
WE strongly believes that all children deserve equal access to educational opportunities. By opening Ngulot Boys’ Campus, we hope to ensure that both genders are able to flourish. This is particularly important in Kenya, as patriarchal societies will only empower women as far as men allow. Without educated men who believe in the equal education and empowerment of their female peers, the young women attending our secondary schools will face further disempowerment in the years to come.
Ngulot Boys’ Campus welcomed its first class of students in January 2017. 385 boys applied for 33 positions, showing how determined boys are to gain an education too. The campus is helping its learners to become the men who will bring equality to their marriages, growth to their communities and instill a passion for education within their own children in the decades to come.
Kisaruni is a place where the self-esteem of students flourishes and they become empowered to lead with confidence. Kisaruni encourages students to build on their skills, work towards their goals and be active participants in their education. While the school follows Kenya’s national curriculum, WE has developed an innovative model of education, which is unique in this remote part of Kenya. Rather than being expected to leave their cultures at the door and to memorise facts in a passive way, Kisaruni learners are encouraged to be proud of their cultures, to communicate confidently, and to engage actively in the learning process. Their teachers, who refer to themselves as education facilitators, facilitate in ways that maximise learning. They refer to their students as learners.
We invite you to invest in a young person’s potential to change the world by providing a scholarship for all four years of their secondary school career. At a total cost of £6,800 or a £1,700 yearly installment, this scholarship supports girls and boys with a fully-funded educational experience and will cover items such as:
The young people from across the Maasai Mara who receive these scholarships are passionate about learning, determined to pursue higher education and committed to being a generation who can lead change in their communities.
Stay connected to the impact of your investment. Throughout a learners’s secondary school career, you will receive updates including: a student profile, quarterly school newsletters, special updates from campus, and a unique opportunity to meet the student you’re supporting when you attend their graduation ceremony in Kenya. For donors, this is a unique experience, creating a special connection with a student and bringing the donor in to the Kisaruni “family”.
For more information or to support a young learner, please contact Bridget Arsenault at [email protected] or call 020 8266 1616.