Many visitors to campus have experienced what it is like to be a student on a typical day at Daraja. Students wake up early in the morning before the sun rises for study hall and attend classes until late afternoon. After classes, girls participate in the afternoon activity for the day which can include clubs, WISH (Women of Integrity Strength and Hope) class, Physical Education class, talks from visiting professionals, […]
This past Wednesday, students gathered on campus to host a guest on campus: Simon Kinyanjui. Kinyanjui is a teacher and career counselor at a high school in nearby Nanyuki, and came to Daraja to talk to students about career planning. With end of term exams starting the following day, girls were excited to take a short study break to think about their futures.
To start the lecture, girls discussed how to […]
Each Monday morning on Daraja’s campus, students and staff gather near the flag to hold assembly or “flag.” The assembly is a time where staff and prefects have the opportunity to update the student body about events coming up in the week ahead. In addition, one class each week performs a song and update the campus with news reports that they worked to compile over the weekend. Each assembly lasts […]
When the KCSE testing began, Daraja’s fourth year students felt excited, anxious, and undoubtedly nervous. At 8:00 in the morning on Tuesday, October 22, first, second, and third year students hugged their big sisters and watched as they lined up to enter their exam rooms.
Nine weekdays and fourteen exams later, the fourth year students have fallen into a routine with testing. Although their fellow students and the rest of the […]
The following essay was written by our friend, Barbara Rick, about Daraja’s very first Graduation Day this past August. The essay was originally published in issue No. 8 for Works and Days Quarterly, an online journal of arts, letters, and craft. Visit their webpage to read the full Autumn issue and see the original version of this essay.
Utambulisho is the Kiswahili word for identity.
Four hours north of Nairobi in kenya, on […]
On the morning of their first exam day for the K.C.S.E. testing, fourth year Daraja students listened intently as a letter from “Mom and Dad,” or co-founders Jason and Jenni, was read to them. This year is the second year that Daraja Academy has had girls taking the K.C.S.E. and clear traditions are beginning to emerge.
The K.C.S.E. exam will last until November 15, with girls taking one or two subject […]
In the aftermath of the attack on Kenya’s Westgate Mall in Nairobi, the country responded with unity: thousands of people came out to support the country by donating blood to the Kenyan Red Cross in order to help the victims of the tragedy.
Inspired by this, Daraja Academy administration booked a blood drive with the Red Cross in order to give students the opportunity to give back to those in need […]
To develop and maintain the programs at Daraja Academy, we need not only an expansive and talented staff on the ground, but also a network of strong support from The Carr Educational Foundation. The Carr Education Foundation headquarters are located in California and the mission of the foundation is to create sustainable educational models in struggling communities. Daraja Academy is it’s first project.
Mark Stefanski served on the board for the […]
Tomorrow morning at 8 AM sharp, fourth-year Daraja Academy students will sharpen their pencils and squirm in their seats as they begin the test that they’ve been working towards for four years: the K.C.S.E.
The K.C.S.E. stands for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, and it is an exam taken at the completion of secondary school. The exam covers seven subjects for each student: English, Swahili, Mathematics, at least two sciences, […]
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, Daraja Academy students assembled in the patio outside of the dining hall on campus. Students talk about the power of girls and women frequently, so the International Day of the Girl celebration was unique to the holiday. As a partner of Nike’s Girl Effect, Daraja girls were excited to read and discuss the Girl Effects newest project- The Girl Declaration.
The Girl Declaration is […]