WELCOME TO KIJABE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL
Kijabe Girls’ High School is a girls-only boarding secondary school in Lari District in Central Province of Kenya. The school is Christian-sponsored l under the African Inland Church mission in Kenya. In the past years, the school has experienced tremendous growth in terms of enrolment. This has majorly been due to improved academic performance that peaked
in 2008 with the KCSE mean grade of 6.9. In the results of 2009, KGHS produced over 80 girls who qualified for entry in universities for various degree courses. This resulted in a district award for the Best Boarding Secondary School with Value Added Progress to the Students.
Being the only provincial girls’ boarding school in the district, this growth has become a challenge due to increased need and desire for more secondary school spaces in the District. This pressure has led to over enrolment leading to congestion. The school management has,
therefore, decided to fundraise to construct an additional dormitory, which will decongest the existing ones, and create space for more girls to be enrolled. KGHS has potential to increase its enrolment from the current 650 to 1,200 girls. With the help of donors, a new dormitory can be constructed. Please join us for the sake of the girl child to make this dream a reality.
The existing dormitories are too small to accomodate more students. An additional dormitory is needed. The existing dormitories are too small to accomodate more.
1.1 History of Kijabe Girls’ High School
The history of Kijabe Girls’ High School dates back to the late 19th Century when the first African Inland Mission missionary team landed in Mombasa. The team led by Peter Cameron Scott, were motivated to spread the gospel in Kenya. The missionary team in later years,
established a mission station in Kijabe, which comprised of a hospital, theological college and several schools, one being Kijabe High School, which later divided into Kijabe Boys High School and Kijabe Girls’ High School.
Kijabe Girls’ High School is Christian based institution which is sponsored by the AIC and operates on biblical values .These include love, respect, self-control and fear of God. Kijabe Girls’ High School (KGHS) is a public school that offers the secondary school cycle of the 8-4-4 system of education. Located in Central Province, it was started in 1987 after separation from Kijabe Boys’ High School. The school lies on over fifty acres of land, part of which is a forest inhabited by friendly baboons that interact well with the school community. It is also surrounded by a very supportive Christian community of the Kijabe Mission.
Part of the school is a forest that has friendly baboons that interact well with the school community.
The school serves 650 girls from all the Districts of Central Province. Most of these girls come from humble backgrounds. KGHS is the only provincial girls’ boarding school in Lari Constituency and District which was part of the larger Kiambu District. Kijabe Girls High School is in the forefront of ensuring that girls enroll and stay in school and thus helps girls gain access to or create new educational, financial, and social resources in their communities. The school’s inspiration is to help girls improve their own lives, the lives of their families and the conditions in their communities when they become women.
The most important dream for parents - and especially mothers - is ensuring their daughters
have access to basic education, are able to make informed decisions about their futures, and are able to protect themselves from trafficking, sexual exploitation, HIV and AIDS, among other problems. By improving access to educational opportunities, KGHS helps girls develop skills that allow them to make decisions and influence community change in key areas. This has had positive impact by reducing HIV and AIDS among girls, enhancing peace and security, and has helped reduce the gap between the rich and the poor in Kenya.
Education also helps men and women claim their rights and realize their potential in the economic, political and social arenas. It is also the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty. Education plays a particularly important role as a foundation for girls’ development towards adult life. It should be an intrinsic part of any development to address the gender-based discrimination against the girl child that remains prevalent in many societies.
Though the Government of Kenya has made significant steps to reduce gender parity in education, gender inequality in education is still rampant particularly in the rural and marginalized areas. Studies indicate that girls are less likely to access school, remain in school or to achieve high standards of performance in examinations than boys due to socialcultural barriers. KGHS endeavors to bridge these gaps by empowering the girl child who for a long time was not given priority in the family for educational support.
1.2 School Mission
The Mission of the KGHS is to establish a centre of excellence and develop a fully fl edged girl capable of participating positively in the society.
1.3 School Aim
The school aims at producing fully-fl edged individuals who are productive
in the society.
1.4 School Motto
Let Your Light Shine.
1.5 Key Achievements of the School
1.5.1 Academic Achievements
KGHS has performed relatively well in national examinations in the past years, with eighty girls qualifying for university course in the 2009 KCSE exams with a mean score of 6.8. This led to the school recognition award as the Best Boarding Secondary School with Value Added Progress to the Students in the District.
Despite the challenges experienced, the school has strived to offer holistic education, for spiritual, social, physical and intellectual growth of the girls, and this is indicated by the results the school has been posting over the years, as seen in Table 1 below.