Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya

by Kakenya's Dream
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya
Support girls' education and end FGM in Kenya

Project Report | Jan 31, 2024
Education & Profession Development

By Taylor Myers | Communications & Development Intern

Students at KCE
Students at KCE

In late 2023, our Kakenya Centers for Excellence (KCE) students in both eighth and twelfth grade sat for their mandated national exams. These exams — the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) — are critical for the high school and university placements of our eighth and twelfth graders, respectively. Not only did all seniors graduate, but the eighth graders scored third highest in our organizational category! This is a remarkable achievement given that only 58% of girls on average complete primary school where we work and less than 1 in 4 finish high school (2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey), compared to our boarding schools, which have 100% primary and high school graduation rates. We are so proud of all our students for the work and dedication they put into preparing for these exams! 

 

At our boarding schools, our students receive high-quality instruction in five core areas: languages, math, science, technical skills, and humanities. In addition to the government mandated curriculum, we also provide peer mentorship opportunities and leadership and life-skills training to help them become confident young women and agents of change in their communities. Not only do we promote their academic lives, but we are also committed to the professional development of our students. Over school holidays last month, we had four students volunteer at the local health center, sub-county hospital, and even our own nonprofit offices. These volunteer placements support students’ career interests, while also providing important professional experience, which is critical given Kenya’s ongoing high youth unemployment. 

 

We also partnered with a peer nonprofit called I’m Worth Defending to hold self-defense workshops for students on our school campuses during the December holidays. Girls are particularly vulnerable during school breaks in rural Kenya, when the time away from school means they can be pressured into the harmful practices of female genital mutilation and forced early marriage or exposed to food insecurity and abuse. This highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to education that goes beyond mere class attendance. In addition to the self-defense workshops, our students receive training in sexual and reproductive health, public speaking, and leadership during these holiday breaks as part of our holistic model of education and growth. 

 

Finally, we are excited to share the first edition of our annual student magazine, Golden Voices. Created by our high school’s Journalism Club, the magazine offers a creative outlet for students to share their voices, perspectives, and artwork. Kakenya’s Dream exists to embolden girls to raise their voices in a society that often silences them. This student-driven magazine is a powerful example of what that work looks like. 

Golden Voices
Golden Voices
Pop-up health clinic
Pop-up health clinic
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Linda Dada
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Kakenya's Dream

Location: Arlington, VA - USA
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Twitter: @KakenyasDream
Project Leader:
Kakenya Ntaiya
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Arlington , Virginia United States

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