Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela –
Access to quality education is a major challenge in parts of Kenya due to insufficient school infrastructure and an acute shortage of teachers.
MWCT, partnering with the Ministry of Education, pursues the improvement of enrollment, retention, completion and transition rates, along with ensuring continuity of certain aspects of Maasai culture while instilling environmental conservation awareness.
How do we have achieve these goals? MWCT employs 56 certified teachers across 23 schools, as well as 12 school support staff in various capacities, reaching over 7500 students.
Our scholarship program has so far benefited 47 students and counting.
MWCT constructed 8 classrooms, a 2 bedroom headteacher’s house, a modern library complete with books and computers, and provided piped water and solar power to Iltilal Primary School, and hopes to replicate this provision of infrastructure across the rest of Kuku when funds are available.
Our purpose built Kanzi Academy, is attended by the best pupils in the area, teaching a combination of the Kenyan and British curriculum, to prepare students for leading national and international schools and to develop future community leaders and role models.
MWCT additionally provides school supplies, and support for extra curricular activities, school clubs and sports clubs.
SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES
After witnessing very low transition rates from Primary School to Secondary School, MWCT offered the first merit secondary school scholarship in 2005.
The beneficiary of this first scholarship is today a teacher in one of the schools in Kuku Group Ranch while other beneficiaries of subsequent scholarships have become professionals in other fields.
Our scholarship program has so far benefited 47 students from Kuku Group Ranch – 24 girls and 23 boys. The cost of one secondary school scholarship is $1250 per year at a local school.
In addition, MWCT in partnership with Kuku Group Ranch leaders offered 42 university bursaries in 2015 valued at $30,000. These bursaries are expected to be offered on a yearly basis.
Help MWCT send more kids to school.
MWCT currently employs 56 certified teachers (33 men and 23 women) spread across 23 schools to ease the acute shortage of teachers. In addition, we employ 12 school support staff in various capacities to facilitate smooth learning. The student:teacher ratio is still higher than normal in nearly all the schools so there is still need for more teachers.
Kanzi Academy is for the gifted and talented children of Kuku – not just for academics, but for identifying free thinkers and the leaders of tomorrow. The school has an international flavor and teaches a holistic, broad-spectrum curriculum which encourages children to not only think outside the box, but believe that there is no box.
The beautiful outdoors and classroom are both utilized to offer a hands-on and child-centered environment. As an academy, its uniqueness has no boundaries, which leads to creativity and total exploration and expansion of the mind.
Kanzi Academy has served over 30 students since inception, and its current enrollment of 12 students (4 girls and 8 boys) covers up to grade level 4.
MWCT has built 8 classrooms, a 2 bedroom headteacher’s house, a modern library complete with books and computers, and provided piped water and solar power to Iltilal Primary School – at a substantial cost of $250,000.
We hope to replicate this provision of infrastructure across the rest of Kuku when funds are available.
The improvements upon Iltilal Primary School infrastructure was 100% provided by donated funds.
Help MWCT provide more to the Kuku students.
At schools like Iltilal Primary, there are often 60 students per class. Most children have to share textbooks with a group of other students and paper to write on and pencils to write with, are often very scarce.
A donation of just $50 can provide a child what he or she needs for the entire term. A good pair of shoes (many students must walk long distances to reach school), their uniform, textbooks, paper and pencils, a geometry set, and a bottle to carry clean water.
In order to preserve certain aspects of the Maasai culture which is of historical importance, MWCT has engaged Maasai elders to offer cultural lessons to school pupils.
Every year, MWCT sets an education day to celebrate the school that emerges the best in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination. The best school is awarded with a trophy which circulates among the Kuku Group Ranch schools according to their performance.
MWCT continues to support 36 clubs – Environmental, Scouts, Music, and Sports – throughout the schools in Kuku Group Ranch. In addition, we have supported extra curriculum activities such as ball games, athletics and music festivals – with 3 sports days per year. Some of our schools have won awards at the county level competitions.