A New Library and Media Center
Global Playground is proud to support its second project in East Africa. In partnership with MAO Kenya, Global Playground contributed $25,000 to build a library and media center for Siana Girls’ Secondary Boarding School (SGSBS) in the Siana ward of Narok County, Kenya. The library opened in January 2018 and the media center will open once SGSBS is connected to Kenya’s electric grid sometime in 2018.
MAO Kenya has been active in the education and health sector of Narok County for the past 16 years. Community members have identified a library and media center as one of the many needs of the Siana ward.
In rural areas of the Narok County of Kenya, the Maasai people have many children unenrolled in school especially if they are female, due in part to their pastoral tradition. Most students in urban Kenyan cities are well-versed in computers and technology, so it is imperative for rural students to gain that access to technology with the help of Global Playground and MAO Kenya.
The library and media center will be accessible to the 480 female students each year who are expected to enroll and live in the school’s dormitories. Forty percent of these students require some form of scholarship or assistance. The library and media center gives students at Siana Girls’ Secondary Boarding School the resources to better engage with the world around them.
The State of Education
In the Republic of Kenya, the school system is divided into three sections: primary school, secondary school, and university. More attention has been placed on pre-primary education because it is viewed as the gateway to primary education. English is the language of instruction in Kenyan primary schools.
Although the Kenyan government has made great strides over the past ten years in achieving gender parity in primary-level schools, over half of the girls currently eligible for secondary school are not enrolled.1
1. Clark, Nick. “Education in Kenya.” World Education News & Reviews. (2015).
Kenya fun facts!
Kenya is an East African country located on the equator. With a population of 45 million people, Kenya is a growing, developing state with English and Swahili as its official languages.
Thanks to many national parks and wildlife preserves, as well as its border on Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake, Kenya’s ecotourism is a major factor in its economy. Agriculture is also a major economic component, especially tea and coffee.2
2. “Facts About Kenya.” 3D Geography. (2016).
Did You Know?
The Republic of Kenya also has incredible wildlife like lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, crocodiles, and more! It is a wildlife hotspot for East Africa.