Amos Kipeen's recent visit to the school to assess the need
A School in Need: Maasai Mara High School
It's not easy making it to high school in the Maasai Mara — and then succeeding. So much is working against young people here: lack of resources, poverty, homes without power or light, homes far away from the few schools, no transportation, the basic need to help families survive. The students at Maasai Mara High School in the village of Aitong are among the most motivated in Narok County. They're here because they've found a way to stay in school — the first in their families to go all the way, with some even going to university. After researching multiple secondary schools in this area, we determined that this is a school greatly in need and one where we can make a real impact. We will establish a Library and a Science Lab for these students. We know from our previous projects that this kind of help makes all the difference.
The school's motto: "Learn to Shine."
Vision: "To educate, mould and nurture respectable and brilliant learners on Science and Technology."
Mission: "To provide the best quality education service to provide the finest learners able to compete on world-class standards."
But they can't do it without resources.
Future Science Lab
YOUR SUPPORT WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN
We'll begin with the Library. The teachers and the experts at Text Book Centre (TBC) have already specified the materials for a comprehensive, high-quality, and relevant Library:
Curriculum enhancement texts for every subject in the Kenyan national curriculum, with an emphasis on science and technology at the teachers' request. These are excellent resources that wealthier schools have, but they are nonexistent in a school like Maasai Mara High.
All the books and guides on local wildlife and conservation recommended by Wildlife Clubs of Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service. This supports the school's active Conservation Club.
Storybooks and novels in English and Kiswahili for all grades, to build a culture of reading for pleasure and to develop skills in written communication.
Lenovo laptops, preloaded with locally relevant stories and content.
We are also hiring staff from TBC to come to the school to train Student Librarians on maintaining the resource and to run reading programs at the school. Everything will be purchased in-country, building on the model developed at the Talek Primary Learning Resource Center and Mara Girls Leadership School. We will also engage in-country suppliers to build or provide bookshelves and library furniture.
The Science Lab will come next. We're currently working with teachers and partners on the vision and details. Contact us any time if you have questions!
Maasai Mara High School is a public boys' school with 295 students and is expected to double in size in the years ahead. (We are already supporting girls' schools.) The students come from rural families, and most need to live at the school because it's so far from their home. These motivated young people have overcome many obstacles in their lives to be here, and they deserve the opportunity to learn and grow.