We are happy to announce that our graduate class of 2016 aced their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. The 12 girls from our 4 partner schools (The Kenya High School, Loreto Limuru Girls High School, Precious Blood High School Riruta and Maryhill Girls High School) attained 100% transition rate to local universities. 4 scholars scored grade A and A- (minus). This is a mean feat given the ongoing reforms in the education sector; only 141 students scored plain A’s in the 2016 national examinations.
And already 2 of our girls have secured scholarships to join Strathmore University to pursue courses of their choice while 9 scholars from the 2015 class have gained admissions to universities abroad and are pursuing their dreams in various ways.
The Akili Dada scholarship program continues to provide hundreds of girls in Kenya with the space and support to develop their personal leadership style and solve problems in their communities. This has resulted in them taking up leadership positions in school and social spheres in their communities. Through service learning, the girls have identified and initiated community service projects in their communities. Claris who was in Precious Blood High School Riruta, is the CEO of Slum library. She built a library at the Mukuru kwa Reuben slums where she lives and has filled it with storybooks giving children an opportunity to learn, read and write.
Brenda from Loreto Limuru High School begun a chicken rearing and vegetable farming project in her hometown of Elburgon to pay school fees for needy children in her community. She is also the CEO for Books for Kenya where she works with fellow scholar, Claris to encourage donations of books to children living in the slums in Kenya.
Brenda grows these vegetables in Elburgon to raise money to pay school fees for a bright child in the community
Claris (right) and Brenda (left) at the December 2016 Leadership Academy
We at Akili Dada take this opportunity to congratulate the Scholars class of 2016 and wish them well as they join the Gap-year program and transition to university.