Most children in Kenya must move far away from their home to attend secondary school
"Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community”
Secondary education costs between US$ 750 and $1,000 per year in Kenya
Primary education is free to all children in Kenya, however secondary education is not. This is where ‘Conservation Scholars’ comes in, which allows our guests to sponsor a handful of brilliant young minds to attend great high schools. Applicants must answer a series of essay questions, send a letter of endorsement from their teacher, attended an interview with our Community and Conservation Manager and pass a means test to ensure they are genuinely disadvantaged. Priority is given to female scholars, ensuring that they grow up with the tools to fight social and financial oppression and become powerful agents of change in their futures.
The rapid growth and success of ‘Conservation Scholars’ has been incredible. Our scholars are all performing at the top of their classes and we are succeeding in changing the outlook, aspirations and attitude of future generations within the local communities. The project has also encouraged more parents to enrol their children in primary school in hope that they too might be able to apply for a secondary scholarship.
Our scholars regularly exchange letters and photographs with their sponsors and are proud to communicate their excellent grades. With the first round of scholars due to complete their secondary schooling at the end of 2019, we eagerly anticipate being able to support them in further education and celebrate their outstanding achievements.
GOING FULL CIRCLE
Conservation Scholars does not stand in isolation but is the newest addition to a series of education initiatives which aim to help Kenya’s future generation grow up to become ambassadors for conservation in their communities. Alongside ‘Feeding Young Minds’, ‘TEAMTalk’, and our partnership with Kenya Wildlife Trust which offers tertiary environmental scholarships, Conservation Scholars forms part of a full cycle in which students can gain a complete, high-quality education. The hope is that they will eventually re-enter their communities as flag bearers for sustainable economic growth and conservation.
HOW DO I BECOME A SPONSOR
It costs just $4,000 to sponsor a talented young student through four years of high school education in Kenya. At the end of each term, sponsors receive photos and a letter from their student as well as their academic performance report.
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