We just got some exciting news about Kenya’s Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School and couldn’t wait to share it with you! January’s graduating class recently took the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam. The results are in, and Kisaruni ranked number one out of 112 schools in Narok County!
This exam is taken by all students graduating from secondary school in Kenya, and it determines students’ eligibility for post-secondary education. Students’ results are also compared with others across the country, and this year, two of our graduates achieved incredible results that broke records! Meet Salome and Marcella.
Salome Maroko, superstar student
We’re so proud of Salome! Salome is the first girl in Narok County to earn an overall A grade on her secondary school exams. Now, she’s hoping to earn a university scholarship so she can continue her studies and become a doctor.
Salome has come a long way to get where she is now. She grew up in the rural community of Oloosiyoi with her parents and four siblings. Her parents are subsistence farmers, but when droughts hit and their crops failed, they found it difficult to provide for their family’s basic needs. On school holidays, Salome and her sister had to work at neighbouring farms to earn extra money for uniforms, books and school supplies. It wasn’t always easy, but Salome managed to graduate primary school and earn a place at Kisaruni, which gave her a chance at a secondary education she may not have otherwise been able to access.
“Everyone in my community was so happy when they found out about my results!” says Salome. “I went to visit my primary school and the children ran toward me when they saw me coming.”
Marcella Sang, future journalist
Marcella is another recent Kisaruni grad you just have to meet! In her exams, Marcella was one of just 36 students across all of Kenya who scored an A or A- in English, and is also the first student in Narok County to earn an A in English.
Marcella grew up in the rural community of Pimbiniet and is one of 11 children. She holds the honour of being the first in her family to graduate high school. Like her classmate Salome, Marcella also had to overcome obstacles to finish primary school. Her parents struggled to provide Marcella with all the supplies she needed for school. But Marcella worked hard, and received top marks in her primary school exams before being accepted at Kisaruni. Someday, she hopes to become a journalist.
“This school has changed my life completely,” says Marcella. “I have gained leadership skills and I have excelled in academics. When I started Kisaruni, I was shy and not able to address people in public. That’s changed—I have a voice now.”
Education is transformative—Marcella and Salome’s stories are proof of that. Stories like theirs remind us of why we do the work we do at ME to WE. We’re so proud of the entire Kisaruni graduating class, and look forward to seeing their accomplishments in the years to come.
These amazing results would not have been possible if not for the support of our partners, whether you’re an individual adult, youth, educator or group, we can’t thank you enough. If you’re inspired to continue being a part of the change, we invite you to visit Kisaruni and other similar projects—you can meet students like Marcella and Salome, and work towards sustainable change alongside a Free The Children community. Learn more here or fill out our contact form to speak to someone on our team today.