Mission: Daraja Academy in Kenya is a revolutionary school that empowers smart and driven girls to be leaders of change. The student body consists of girls that were at the top of their classes but didn't have the means to continue school. Daraja Academy provides the girls four year high school scholarships to allow them to be architects of their own futures.
Results: The school opened its gates in 2009 and will be celebrating its first graduating class in 2012!
Target demographics: Daraja students are selected from all four corners of Kenya and have excellent academic scores and leadership skills but do not have the financial means to continue their education. Acceptance into Daraja Academy is a positive change for the girls' future.
Geographic areas served: Kenya
Programs: Daraja Academy is one of only a few secondary schools in East Africa that actually interviews its prospective students. Where other schools base their student intake solely on the grades, Daraja has a thorough student selection process that emphasizes recruiting leaders. Our innovative educational model melds the traditionally rigorous Kenyan educational standards with innovative teaching practices like project-based learning (PBL), research field trips and community partnerships. A 13:1 student-teacher ratio means that our students enjoy the benefits of personalized instruction. In addition to an effective academic curriculum, the academy has four main focus areas:
- Female Empowerment
- Community Responsibility
- Cross-Cultural Education
- Personal and Career Development
Daraja not only changes the lives of Kenya girls, but for the past 4 years - it has significantly changed mine and every volunteer involved. I traveled to Daraja over a year ago for the first time (wont be my last) and met these outstanding girls. Their stories, determination, drive and love will fill your heart - they are true leaders of the future. Girls' education is trans-formative! Daraja understand that if we invest in girls' education - it will change the course of history. Daraja empowers these young leaders of change, provides them with a well-rounded and introduces them to opportunities they would otherwise never have. Daraja means Bridge and We are Daraja!