The challenges facing the girls of KCE are inextricably intertwined with the challenges facing the community at large. The opening of the school has already brought about a new level of acceptance of the importance of educating girls, which impacts attitudes and behaviors about the place of women in society and their empowerment at all levels throughout the community. A palpable energy has been generated by the school’s progress and current success.
In 2006, the chief of the village publicly declared that “girls are for marriage, so there is no need to educate them”. Today, he is a member of the Board and proud supporter of KCE.
One Maasai father captured the evolution in the parents’ thinking since the school opened: “Culturally, girls aren’t supposed to inherit anything from the family. I want, while I am alive, for my daughter to inherit an education from me.”
KCE is committed to providing gender sensitive services that educate the whole child by implementing exceptional programs based on proven best practices. We have integrated health topics into its classroom instruction, covering sexual and reproductive health and harmful practices, child marriage and female genital mutilation, HIV/AIDS, and informed decision making about their bodies and sexual relationships. Kakenya Center for Excellence demonstrates what girls are capable of when given a solid foundation in which they are fully supported.