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 which will assist the education of these students.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Latest Kenya election news

The rerun is now scheduled for 26 October following the Supreme Court annulment of the 8 August election.

Raila Odinga, the opponent who fought to get the original election annulled has now pulled out of the race stating that no changes have been made, so the original issues still won't be addressed.

Pockets of unrest continue but protests have now been banned in an attempt to calm the situation and restore stability.

More information is available from the BBC here.

Updated 16 October

Friday, 1 September 2017

Kenyan election update

Kenyan election results have been annulled by Supreme Court due to irregularities. A re-run is now scheduled for 17 October.

Only the current President Uhuru and opposition Raila Odinga (the candidate who contested the original results with the Supreme Court) are to appear on the ballot.

President Uhuru is striving to continue as normal until then.

Find out more on the BBC

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Nearing a milestone

We're very excited to be approaching a milestone achievement. We've just confirmed our 97th scholarship since KES was set up. We're hoping to get to 100 very soon. Could you fund the 100th?

That means 97 children who would never have been able to afford secondary school, have been provided with high-quality education in a nurturing and modern facility. And don't just take our word for it, here are a couple of the students' thoughts:

"I had no dream but now I see a bright future." Enoch

Lucy recently graduated and has just started university, said:
"Your support will help me concentrate on what is more important to me, education without worrying about the fees. This will help me reach my goal of graduating with a degree in bachelor of environmental studies and community development. I hope that one day I'll be able to help other students achieve their goals just as you have helped me."

To sign up or find out more about funding a scholarship, visit our Sponsor a student page.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed as Kenyan president

The incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta has been officially re-elected with 54% of the vote. His opposition Raila Odinga is still contesting the result and has launched a legal campaign as he stands by his claim that the election was rigged.

President Kenyatta has called for peace and asked all Kenyans to shun any violence in his acceptance speech on Friday 11 August as detailed in this Guardian article.

Official breakdown of the full results across all counties and seats can be found at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

Update Sep 2017: Please see latest news items with updates about the election rerun and pending outcomes.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Kenyan General Election

Kenyans attended the polls on Tuesday in the General Election. Voters had the opportunity to vote for 6 key positions including President, Member of Parliament and Women's representative.

The Presidential contenders are the current president Uhuru Kenyatta and rival Raila Odinga.

Final results are still to be confirmed.

Interim results show that Uhuru Kenyatta has secured a victory but it will be days until the results are verified and confirmed.

Supporters of Odinga are contesting the result amid claims of hacking and are claiming instead that Odinga has won.

Neutral observers have claimed the interim results are fair and the claim of hacking has been dismissed, stating that the evidence of a hacking attempt was found but the attempt was unsuccessful and did not affect the results. The country is now in limbo and carefully watching events unfold, trying to keep calm between opposing party supporters to prevent unrest and the extent of violence that broke out after the 2010 election where 1,100 Kenyans were killed and 600,000 displaced.

Here's a link to an interest analysis from BBC. 

Updated 10 August 2017

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.

And why not sign up to receive your very own copy here?

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.