Kwale County is one of the poorest counties in Kenya, underperforming in all development indicators and ranking in the bottom 15% in education.
Kwale County has a child rich population where 0 – 18 year olds constitute 78% of the total population with very high household sizes.
80% of the population are subsistence farmers.
Peter and I have worked with the local community for many years promoting education for the girl child –
it is a well documented fact that by educating a girl you are educating the future.
Educating a girl changes her destiny, raises families out of poverty and is a starting point for social change.
By introducing an exciting, modern education to girls in a very rural area we are setting new standards and taking responsibility for the future of those girls.
Peter and I benefitted from an excellent education in Kenya.
Why fifty-five years later are we still using the words education and poverty in the same sentence?
Why are we struggling to educate the girl child in our area.
Why are we still battling with early child marriage, blatant girl child abuse and FGM?
Our aim is, with your help, to change this. We welcome you on board.
We are currently building The Kenya Kesho School for Girls at Mshiu Village which will be complete and ready for admissions at the end of August 2019.
The new school will have two Early Childhood Development classrooms, eight primary school classrooms, an Art Room –
off the Art Room will be a small café for visitors, a Library, a Computer Lab,
Eastern and Western style toilets and hand wash facilities. There will also be a lovely canteen and kitchen, a teachers' common room, admin rooms,
Head Teacher’s office and Deputy Head Teacher’s office.
We just can’t wait!
The Kenya Kesho School for Girls will create a whole new dimension to education, development and success for girls in this area.
Our aim has been to focus on one school and to build the best school in the area.
We will supply great teachers, great books, great teaching aids and enormous hope.
The Kenya Kesho School for Girls will set an example of discipline, honesty, truthfulness,
the good principles of education as well as the teaching of sport and art.
The Kenya Kesho School for Girls will encourage more youngsters to come to school and will encourage their mothers to
invest in the education of their girls and so help reduce the ever tightening circle of poverty.
When the Hon Mangale, Sec for Education for Kwale County came to visit us in December 2018 he said there was not a
single other project from Lamu to Lunga Lunga that was so worthwhile or of such importance to the education
sector at the present time as the building for the Kenya Kesho School for Girls.
I recently met a very bright, cheerful mother who comes to the Government school each and every day to check on her four year old daughter’s progress.
I asked her if she had finished Primary School? She was very shy and said ‘no’. Why?
Lack of fees. With this mother’s input, her daughter will be a leader tomorrow. The mother cannot wait for The Kenya Kesho School for Girls to open in August.
November 2017 we had 45 students in primary class 7.
23 girls and 22 boys.
In November 2018, those boys and girls had transferred to class 8 where they were sitting for their final Primary Education Certificates.
The numbers were 18 boys and 4 girls.
The value of the girl is almost nothing.
Let’s see the Kenya Kesho School for Girls do what it will be good at – educating girls, getting them out of the pit of poverty and securing
them entry into excellent Secondary Schools at the end of their time with us.
The issue of girls’ education is unique: a striking body of evidence demonstrates that investing in girls delivers high returns,
not only for female educational attainment but also across a broad range of areas from children’s health and disease prevention,
to women’s health, to more sustainable families, to women’s empowerment, to democracy, to poverty reduction and income growth
and productivity, to social stability and economic growth and will make a critical difference to their long-term success.