Kathy Gonzalez is a high school English teacher at Woodside Priory School in California. Since last week, she’s been one of four chaperones accompanying 14 Priory students on their trip to Daraja Academy. All of the volunteers are having exciting experiences; Kathy is doing something especially cool. Since fall 2012, Kathy has been electronically communicating with Daraja, so that she could facilitate a writing project with the Form 2 and […]
Last Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, fourteen Daraja students spent the days in Nanyuki town, where they participated in a large, government-run music festival. Dozens of high schools from across the local county of Laikipia gathered to sing songs, recite poetry, and do (traditional Kenyan) dances.
Prior to the festival, the fourteen participants gathered with Daraja teacher Doreen, and as a group they agreed who would proceed to the […]
Last Friday evening, every Daraja student gathered to watch, for the first time ever, the newest Daraja film “School of My Dreams” (by Out of The Blue Films, Inc. – check out its trailer here). Before its premier, the girls also watched “Girls of Daraja,” the first movie made about the school years ago by the same company. (You can watch it here.) Everyone but the Form 1s had seen […]
Full independence from British colonizers in Kenya occurred almost fifty years ago, on December 12, 1963. Last weekend, Kenyans celebrated Madraka Day, which was the day when they received internal self-rule on June 1. Since this is the fiftieth anniversary of the monumental occasion, Purity, a Form 1, wanted to share an explanation of the importance of the holiday with Daraja supporters. Here’s what she wrote:
Why we celebrate Madaraka Day
Last Friday, four Lakipia East (Daraja’s district) high schools joined Daraja Form 4 students in an English and Swahili symposium, the first of its kind. While educational symposiums have been used as a tactic for boosting test scores around Kenya, this is perhaps one of the first whereby an entire district joined forces in an effort to boost education.
A little over a month ago, Daraja’s head staff gathered with other […]
On Saturday, May 25, every Transition Program student went to Nanyuki town to work on community development. They gathered in Central Park, a small park in the center of town which, at night, is often populated with street kids (vulnerable/orphaned children who may be homeless and are fighting for their lives). There, the girls split into groups. One headed to CEDEC Children’s home (a home for disadvantaged children in Nanyuki), […]
Naibor is a small town walking-distance from Daraja Academy. There’s not much there – the main road cuts right through a handful of small shops, churches, and restaurants. A secondary school opened in Naibor last March, but it is lacking.
A few months ago, Daraja cofounder Jason Doherty was visiting Naibor Secondary School when teacher Richard Githaiga introduced himself. Richard loves teaching but recognizes the difficulty his school faces. Students from […]
BIG, BIG, NEWS
From the Founders of Daraja
After four years of hard work, the pioneer class of Daraja Academy students sat down and took the 2012 K.C.S.E. (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations, and the results are in!!!
What is the K.C.S.E.?
Though high schools in Kenya do receive report cards at the end of each of term, the real measuring stick is a rigorous three-week national examination taken at the completion of […]
There’s only one former Form 4 who isn’t attending the Transition Program – Betty, who took the KCSE in November and scored highest of any girl in Daraja’s district (Laikipia East). As a result, she was offered a job by local Equity Bank, and not only is she paid for her work, the bank is also paying for her entire university education.
Equity Bank is the fastest-growing bank in Kenya, as […]
Daraja maintenance teams spent the last month building Daraja’s first-ever school store, and it officially opened last week! Transition Program students are running and operating the school store entirely on their own, and they are loving the experience so far. The aim of the Transition Program is to teach Daraja grads life skills before they officially leave Daraja and head off into the “real world.” The program teaches them (small) […]