Daraja Academy provides an exemplary secondary education to girls who have no other means of continuing school. We choose girls who, despite their circumstances, have earned high grades and give back to their communities. We choose them because every girl has the right to learn. We choose them because the best indicator of leadership potential is the ability to display grit, courage, and kindness when faced with adversity. We choose them because the best disrupters of poverty are those who were born in it.
Daraja offers extraordinary leadership education to even more extraordinary girls.
The birds are the first ones up on campus, their songs waking 116 students from their dreams and convincing them to start the day. By 6:00 a.m., the girls are dressed and completing their morning duties.
More than a third of the first-year students in Daraja's computer classes have never been exposed to or interacted with computers. When students come in with zero exposure, every moment is a realization of a possibility.