he Problem: "The most challenging thing about [Kenya] is that most are not educated," states Sharon Omwela, a teacher at Uhuru Academy. Many secondary schools in Kenya charge high fees that are impossible for low-income families to afford. If parents can afford to send their child to high school, they usually opt to send the male child. Even if the student is given an opportunity to attend the school, the system is survival of the fittest This means that the best students are defined by those who can listen to a lecture and take a test. Taking a test is not a real life skill and doesn't develop critical-thinking skills that are helpful for future careers and community development.
The Solution: Education can completely change someone’s life in Kenya. Specifically, girls secondary education dramatically improves the standard of living by decreasing the likelihood of early marriages and pregnancies, as well as increasing the opportunities for university and employment. Education on its own is not enough; but holistic, learner-centered education is the solution because it equips learners with critical-thinking skills that are used to solve real-world problems in Kenyan communities.
Freedom Global's Involvement:
Freedom Global started investing in education in 2010 by building up the facilities at two secondary schools in Kenya- one in the Kibera slum and the other in Mombasa. We then sponsored youth from the Jikaze Resettlement Village to attend schools outside their community. It soon became apparent that deeper impact could be made by starting our own secondary school. Freedom Global started an all-girls learner-centered boarding school in 2013 called Uhuru Academy. It is not your average Kenyan boarding school. We care about every aspect of our girls - from their grades to their friendships to their belief in Jesus. It is a school teaching the Kenyan system curriculum but with learner-centered methodology and with teachers investing in students' social, academic, and spiritual growth so they are equipped to be responsible citizens and innovative leaders in society. Uhuru Academy wants these girls to get the best education possible, but also to become well rounded individuals.