TSF in Kenya – Day 2, meeting Mary Brenda

The School Fund’s staff, Executive Director Elizabeth Texeira and Director of Programs Michael Childress, are on a three week trip to East Africa to meet seven of our field partners in the region. They will be writing short posts about their experience, so check back for an update soon!


(A note from Michael)

kibera school for girls

Determining who gets to go to high school, and which school they can attend, is a high stakes game in Kenya.  In 8th grade, students take a national exam called the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.  The exam has a total of 500 possible points.  Students earning less than 200 points are not eligible for high school while students with 350 points or more are admitted to elite national schools.  


Mary Brenda, a SHOFCO student currently crowdfunding a scholarship TSF’s website.

In 2016, more than 200,000 students were not admitted to high schools because they scored less than 200 points. Even when students pass the KCPE, many cannot afford to attend secondary school because of school fees, which typically range from $500 to $700 per year.

The School Fund works with Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) to provide scholarships to students living in the Kibera slum who have scored at least 300 points (in the top 25% nationally) on the KCPE.

Today we had the chance to speak with Mary Brenda who is attending a good quality secondary school where she currently has a B+ average.  When she graduates she hope to enroll in university and become an accountant. Meeting her, hearing about her plans and knowing how hard she’s working in school, I can’t help but be excited about her future.

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