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
There can be nothing more essential than the education of the young, let alone girls in Africa. Djaria helps girls to go on to change their own destiny and those around them. Daraja is an inspirational project. I hope it thrives and spreads.
Daraja Academy is one of those rare institutions that is truly changing the world. In addition to the profound impact that it has on each individual girl, Daraja has a far reaching positive effect on the entire community. Numerous studies show that while the economic benefits of educating girls are similar to the economic benefits of educating boys, the social benefits from investing in female education are far greater. Increases in women’s education lead to improvements in children’s health, nutrition and education. Daraja Academy provides an innovative and effective approach to educating young women and I know that every dollar I give makes a tremendous difference for the entire community. Investing in women’s education is the right thing to do and Daraja does it amazingly well.
This is an amazing organization. It is changing the world. Sounds a bit overstated, but believe me, it is not. They are passionate, dedicated, deliberate, and loving in their approach to help women help themselves and each other, providing an opportunity to receive not only an education, but inspiring young minds to work together to change their communities, and ultimately the planet. Thank you for all you do Daraja!!!