Reporting Day is Daraja's most magical day! 32 newly admitted students arrived at Daraja's gates, some with parents, others with grandparents, and others, alone. Today marks the first day of the rest of each girl's life, as the educational opportunity she never thought she'd get, starts now.
They came bearing gifts 3 years ago, Chris Garcia took his first steps on Kenyan soil with a group of teachers and students from University of San Diego with a huge surprise for Daraja’s teachers and Form 1 class—iPods for every teacher and iPads for every freshman girl. Next week, Chris is returning to Kenya
Daraja Transition Students Win 53,000 Kenya Shillings for Anti-Pollution Campaign In conjunction with Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Nanyuki, Daraja Academy Transition students created an anti-pollution river campaign grant proposal. Students assessed community needs and compiled research about where river pollution and water shortage was a major problem in communities surrounding Daraja’s campus. In the
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
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
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
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
Want to know where Daraja students travel when they go home? Check out the map below! When the Daraja students traveled home last week, many traveled for only a few hours or a day while others journeyed for two or even three days. The diversity of Kenya is represented at Daraja with girls coming from almost every district in
Daraja welcomed Mpala researcher Corinna Riginos, to discuss land conservation and guest teacher Penina, to prepare Forms 3 and 4 for the K.C.S.E. Daraja students challenged to take on land conservation, generate ways to make an impact on the cause in local communities. Riginos: "Conservation is about more than preserving the land. Its about
For the first time, Daraja teachers engaged in their own version of W.I.S.H....and called it T.I.S.H (Teachers of Integrity, Strength and Hope)! They participated in a Privilege Walk with the results highlighting how much gender has affected the teachers in their own life paths. Teachers were asked to participate in a Privilege Walk. Each person
Ten representatives from Daraja's Form 2 class visit Naibor to observe and administer a health questionnaire as part of their on-going project-based learning assignment. Daraja's sophomore class teamed up with Cottage Hospital's mobile clinic for a community health observation. The clinic pays a visit to Naibor once a month for vaccinations, check ups and other
From arguments to auditions, this week served up important teachable moments in compromise, self-worth and perseverance for the girls of Daraja. The Argument-Turned-Teaching Moment: A heated debate transpired on the way to Mpala last weekend. A few students made a passionate case for geography holding the highly-coveted position of the most important class in school.