Registered Charity: 1136745. Trustees: Simon Brister (Secretary and Financial), Nicky Hart (Legal), John Pearce (Chairman and Educational), Sam Pearce, Stephane Janes, Hannah Rooke.

KES supports education in Kenya, by providing scholarships to significantly disadvantaged bright, pupils to be boarding students at Bahati Division Academy (BDA) and other Kenyan schools; and by contributing to resources and facilities for BDA which will assist the education of these students.

Friday, 16 June 2017

New Kenya school system pilot starts today

The pilot of a new school system begins today across the country, involving a selection of 470 schools.

The current system of 8-4-4 years (8 years of primary, 4 secondary and 4 university) has come under increasing criticism of being too exam based. The new proposed system will radically change to become 2-6-3-3 and understandably has large implications for the whole education system.

The Primary curriculum is also being changed with the aim to have continuous class-based monitoring and assessment instead of the current national examination at the end of the eighth year - the Kenya Certificated of Primary Education (KCPE).

The new structure was only agreed at the end of January and has already come under a lot of scrutiny and questioning whether four months is enough time for teachers to be retrained and the system given a fair chance to roll out successfully. We'll be keeping our eyes out for interim results and update on progress when we can.

To find out some more, have a look at the following links that set out the key differences and political challenges.

Daily Nation article from 22 January 2017 after the new system was agreed
Digital Standard article from 31 January 2017 after the new system was agreed
Daily Nation article from 27 May 2017 detailing the start of the pilot

Primary class at our link school BDA

Saturday, 29 April 2017

April 2017 newsletter

The latest newsletter is out now, including news of our latest scholars and some stories from some of our older scholars, demonstrating the impact we can make.  Have a look at our April newsletter by clicking here.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Happy new year (yes really)

The new school year has started in Kenya and we've been busy finalising the details for the new intake of scholars. We'll be sharing some stories in the coming months of new students, as well as some from scholars at different stages of their education journey, so watch this space.

Friday, 17 February 2017

"Educated girls become empowered young women; they are Africa’s biggest untapped resource."

Here are some extracts and a link to an interesting article about FGM.

The 2011 ban made the practice and capture of young girls for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya illegal, but it's still widespread even though research indicates a 20% drop in the practice.

37 of the 42 tribal communities among the Maasai in Kenya still practice Female Genital Mutilation. The preferential age for the procedure used to be 15 – now it’s 11!

Patrick Ngigi, a former teacher who runs a centre to protect girls against FGM, feels his hands are tied:

“What we are lacking is the political willpower because most of the politicians, especially in Maasai culture, do not want to fight this thing because they have a fear of losing votes. In most areas if they fight FGM they are more or less likely to lose their seats. On the part of the local administration most of the chiefs support the fight against FGM verbally but many of them are still enforcing FGM privately in their villages. How is a chief going to be able to enforce a law that he is also breaking?”

Read the full article here:

Monday, 9 January 2017

KES and BDA finish 2016 on the highest note

We had 16 sponsored students doing their KCSE ‘end of secondary’ exams and no less than 11 have got a score that will ensure they get an offer of a place at a public university. This is down to their hard work and studying but that opportunity wouldn't exist without our work and the generosity of the sponsors.
Lydia and the girls celebrating their success

Here's a bit more of the detail from Joseph:
The grade of C+ or higher guarantees an offer of a place. This year the exam was tightly supervised unlike previous years and has come under a lot of media scrutiny too (you may have seen some of the news items we shared on Facebook about the exploits of cheating and arson related to the exams).
Out of the 576,000 candidates only 89,000 scored C+ and above. There were 141 A's, 4,600 A-'s, 10,000 B+, and about 60,000 C+.
11 of the 16 KES students will get admission to a public University. 
2 fee payers (students with families that can afford the secondary school fees) got a B- to make the total going to university 12 out of 31.
Joseph adds: These are our best results ever and are a huge boost to the whole school. We're all very excited at this end.
Our thanks to KES and all the sponsors for making these children's dream a reality.

Friday, 9 December 2016

The financial battle with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM was made illegal in Kenya in 2011, but the ritual is still undertaken in parts of the country as it has it's roots in deeply proud tribal cultures.

There's a lot of work in Kenya to educate people to prevent FGM procedures and at KES we're proud to work with the BDA team to educate the students and the next generation. However, the multitude of challenges is often misunderstood in the fight to stop FGM.

Here's a great article demonstrating the added complications of the financial benefits that FGM practitioners are receiving, shining light on the complexity of the campaign to eradicate FGM. Read the News Deeply article here: 'Money is the Motivator as clan leaders continue to push for FGM'

FGM group in Kenya. Image by Anna Dupuis

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Reflecting on KES scholars' success

We're pleased to say that local Derbyshire lifestyle magazine 'Reflections' has continued it's support of KES and published an article from Trustee Nicky. The article focuses on the recent success of three KES scholars who have embarked on their university education.

Click here to read the article in Reflections, November 2016 issue

Trustee Nicky (centre) with two of the students off to university. Nahashon (left) and Martin (right)
KES has played a key part in helping the scholars to reach university. Without the funding provided, they wouldn't have been able to benefit from any secondary education and their prospects would have been significantly reduced.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

August newsletter

The latest newsletter is out now, including the latest news from Kenya and the impact of Brexit on the charity.  Have a look at our  August newsletter by clicking here.

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