There is a busy excited buzz on campus today as the Daraja community recognizes The International Day of the Girl. 2013 is the second year for observance of the holiday, and Daraja students are excited for the world to celebrate what we celebrate every day: the power of the girl. The International Day of the
One year ago, two days before the first ever International Day of the Girl, a man with a gun tried to silence a girl fighting for her education. On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by members of the Taliban for speaking up and using her voice to fight for the
We welcome four new board members to the Carr Educational Foundation. The mission of the Carr Educational Foundation is to create sustainable educational models in struggling communities. Daraja Academy is it’s first project. In 2013, Margaret Pack, Sara Howard, Lisa Halsted, and Erika Merrel joined the board of directors of the Carr Educational Foundation, which
In WISH (Women of Integrity, Strength, and Hope) class this term, third year Daraja students (11th grade) are learning all about conflict resolution and peace building. Piggybacking Alice Nderitu’s peace building talk during Term Two, the lessons are full of exciting ways to brainstorm the development of peace throughout the world, but more specifically, in
Our hearts go out to the victims of the recent attack in Nairobi. Daraja Academy students, faculty, staff, and their families are safe and accounted for. Daraja stands in solidarity with the victims and their loved ones, the brave response personnel, and generous relief volunteers. We are one!
On Saturday, September 28th, ten Daraja girls woke before sunrise to stretch. Ready to run in The Amazing Maasai Ultra Marathon, the girls walked together to the start line at 6 AM. The Amazing Maasai Ultra was started by two teams on the Chinese version of the popular television show, The Amazing Race, China Rush.
As a benchmarking tool, Daraja started a project where students and staff leave campus for a few days to experience a nearby school. This tool will not only be used to observe how Daraja measures up in terms of a Kenyan educational institution, but will also expose staff and students to various teaching styles, schedules,
It is clear to us at Daraja Academy that passionate students can be the best advocates for other passionate students. Around the world, from San Francisco to Australia, students are advocates for Daraja Academy and Girls Education through Daraja Clubs. From visiting campus and interacting with Daraja girls to hosting successful fundraising events to participating
In the heart of Laikipia County, beautiful wildlife conservancies like the Mpala Research Centre are nearby Daraja’s campus. Each year, Mpala hosts hundreds of researchers who focus on the wildlife and vegetation in the area. Daraja Academy prioritizes local partnerships, so Daraja students were eager to learn when Mpala hosted a “Women in Conservation” lecture
Now that the summer season has come to a close in the United States, many of Daraja's dedicated volunteers and visitors have left campus. It is no secret that the hands of volunteers are incredibly valuable here on campus and the global relationships that they establish are cherished by both students and visitors. Cristen, a student
During a teacher development workshop in July, Daraja teachers discussed the importance of computer literacy for Daraja Academy graduates. Martin, our computer class teacher and IT specialist on campus, works closely with Daraja students and teachers to integrate technology use into classroom curriculums. “Based on how the world is right now, every employer expects you
After the end of Term 2, Daraja students headed to their homes all across the country of Kenya to spend two weeks on break from classes. One student, Purity, an aspiring journalist, recorded her experiences on break in a diary in order to tell Daraja supporters what break is like for Daraja students. Here is