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Primary School is in the Maasai region of Kenya, approximately
160 km southeast of Nairobi, Kenya and 100 km north of the
Kenya and Tanzanian border. The entire school was build
by Maasai Association.
is the first and the only primary school run exclusively by
the Maasai people in Kenya.
entire school has clean running water and electricity generated
from solar panels.
school started with 13 students in 1998, and by 2010, the
school has 350 students, boys and girls. The girls constitute
60% percent of school enrollment. The students range from
4 to 13 years of age. With new dormitory facilities 30% of
our studetns are boarders from all over Maasai land. The school
has been a model of success for the entire Kajiado District.
In 2010 Merrueshi Primary School was rated the best boarding
school in Kajiado. Since 2006 over 100 students have graduated
successfuly and joined high schools in different parts of
most unique approach about Merrueshi Primary School is the
western and Maasai integrated curriculum. Such approach has
never before been attempted. Following are subjects taught
at Merrueshi Primary School.
Maasai, Swahili, and English
History & Civics
integration of western and Maasai educational learning systems
is vital to the successof the Maasai people, following the
priorities, needs and interest of the Maasai community.
Such an integrated learning system allows Maasai children
to be effective locally and outside Maasai boundary.
Each villager with a child in school has to sell a goat,
sheep or cow, every three months, for boarding fees, uniform,
desk, and extra learning materials for his/ her child. These
items cost each parent an estimated $120 a year. It is mandatory
for each child to wear school uniform in Kenya’s public
schools. More recently our school has received some subsidies
for textbooks from the government. However, the amount received
is hardly enough to buy textbook for each student. Between
two and three students are assigned to share a textbook.
is served to students every day, five days a week.
Without this program most students would not be able to
attend afternoon classes, as many of them live in villages
five miles away from the school.
school has eleven (11) teachers. Maasai Association employs
50% of the teachers. The government pays the rest. Teachers
have free housing accommodation with running water. Most schools
in Kenya do not provide free housing for teachers.
school is managed by a committee, a group of 12 men and women,
collectively appointed by members of Merrueshi community.
Each community member participates in the decision-making
processes including the evaluation of teaching methodologies
and school projects.
members work to achieve the following:
Primary School is rated top 5 best schools in Kajiado Central
community encourages self-discipline rather than discipline
through foreign rules. Younger students are encouraged to
become positive role models for future generations. This idea
cultivates the Maasai traditional principle of intergenerational
Maasai depends on its generations. Future generations depend
on efforts from fore generations. A successful community depends
on responsible and proud citizens. Maasai Association strive
to see this in the all Maasai school.
children are leaders for tomorrow. Our aim is to educate Maasai
children and enable them to make a strong contribution to
the ongoing needs of the Maasai community.This philosophy
nurtures the values of a strong community.
Merrueshi Primary School is not affiliated with any religious
or political organization, and does not discriminate against
gender, race, color, or religion.
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was another successful year for Merrueshi Primary School. There are 60 primary school in Mashuuru division. Merrueshi Primary School emerged the best in educational excellence.
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are children in our school that need text books, rulers, and
$20 for a soccer ball
sponsors can send a child, boy, girl ,or either, to Merrueshi
Primary School. For $120 you can put a child
through school for one year. Your donation will make education
more attainable to a Maasai child, who otherwise would have
not attended school. Click
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School is made possible by funding from well-wishers like you.
Thank you for your continued support.