The new dormitory at Mwituria High School
We are so pleased to share our final report for the Mwituria High School Project. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support over the last two and ½ years!
When we started on this journey, we had hopes to build one dormitory that could house 58 students, and today, we are so pleased to let you know that we have finalised the construction of a teachers’ block and two dormitories which 120 students will now call home during the school year. This is truly a transformational project and you were with us every step of the way.
In an opening ceremony held on Saturday, the 3rd of July, Ol Pejeta officially handed over the new buildings to the children and parents of Mwituria High School.
The school is now able to start accepting boarding school pupils from a wider catchment area, and Mwituria High School are delighted with their new facilities. Students will now be able to spend more time studying and will no longer have to walk a perilous journey everyday to school, which can be particularly dangerous for girls.
The school will begin to accept new junior year pupils at the start of the new term in August 2021. This will be a priority over the coming year.
It is the only boarding school in a 15km radius, which means more children in the local area can access education as a result of this project. By widening the catchment area, and by removing a long journey to school, your support has helped to improve the lives of local children for generations to come.
Whilst the school will be accepting new students, it will also ensure senior pupils already studying at the school are given preference. It is a crucial time for these pupils and being at school full-time will allow them to study longer hours as they start to think about their future. The school will work with parents and the Ministry of Education to fill the remaining places over the course of the academic year.
Mwituria High School continues in its drive for better access to education for local children in line with its motto “strive to reach your destiny”. Now that it has converted into a boarding school, it has grand plans to continue raising funds for extra school supplies, increased security and community outreach projects. Ol Pejeta is incredibly grateful to the Corteva Foundation and all of you - our fantastic donors - who made this project possible and will continue to support education projects in the local area.
Following on from this amazing project that will have a long-lasting effect on the educational chances of local children, Ol Pejeta is planning on expanding its Rhino Scholarship Programme so that more children can afford to access education for longer. These scholarships are unique in that they combine and promote the notion that education is conservation. Coupled with the normal academia activities, supplemental classes on conservation immersion such as tree planting and character building mentorship are also provided; helping the children become the leaders of tomorrow and wildlife ambassadors.
We thank you again for being part of this journey with us. And from all the children at Mwituria, we send our best wishes and our heartfelt gratitude. We hope that you can visit us soon on Ol Pejeta so that we can share our successes with you in person.
A view of the 2 newly built dormitories
You made this dream come true!
The doors of the dormitories are now open!
Official handing over ceremony at Mwituria