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Education is the Key to Development and Poverty Eradication

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We are delighted to announce that Merrueshi Maasai High School Project has been completed!

Up until 2007 Maasai children from Kenyawa, Mashuuru division, Kajiado District, Kenya had to attend high schools located outside the region. Due to cultural challenges and high tuition cost, most Maasai children from Kenyawa could not further their studies beyond primary school. A majority of those students who had the chance to attend high schools in the urban areas either dropped out or performed poorly. As a result, Maasai parents from Kenyewa yearned for a local high school.

Prompted by the voices of Maasai parents, the Maasai Association offered to assist by building the Maasai High School. Prior to the Maasai High School, the nearest high school in the region was 120 kilometers away from Kenyawa.

The Maasai High School will increase educational opportunities for 350 Maasai children who currently lack a culturally conducive and economically affordable learning environment. It is anticipated that more Maasai children will now have the opportunity to realize their academic potentials as a result of the Maasai High School.

Advantages of the Maasai High School

The Maasai High School has several important advantages. For example, it was developed in direct response to the needs and interests of the local Maasai people and will be managed by the Maasai people. Also, the high school is located inside the Maasai region and is cheaper than schools in the urban areas. These advantages will dramatically increase the number of students who receive a high-quality education in Maasai land. Furthermore, the school has a mandate to employ local teachers who have a firm understanding of Maasai culture and customs, and who have achieved a professional teaching certificate from an accredited teacher’s college in Kenya.

The long-term goal for Maasai High School is to graduate Maasai girls and boys who will in turn contribute to the survival, progress, and development of the Maasai people. Graduates will build skills and knowledge needed to participate effectively in the modern world, without losing their native culture and traditional ways of life. The first class of students started February 5th, 2007. We plan to graduate at least 350 students who currently lack access to high school education by the end of December 2010.


Financing for the school will be sustained through the use of tuition money from students.

Each student will pay a fee of $150 per three-month term. This amount is $100 dollars less than schools in the urban areas. Maasai Association has established a scholarship program for disadvantaged and bright children. Eventually, the school will become sustainable, and the students’ tuition dollars will cover the costs of running and maintaining the school year to year.

Following is our strategic timeline for 2007 and beyond.

  • Develop a curriculum based on the needs of the Maasai people: Strong emphasis will be on giving students vocational training, preparing them for college, and teaching them competencies in modern technologies such as computer science, advance livestock farming, wildlife management, along with indigenous knowledge, - hence giving the students a holistic approach for the modern world.
  • Recruit trained and certified Maasai teachers: These teachers must understand Maasai culture and customs, and support Maasai cultural preservation.

  • Recruit students from all Maasai communities in Kenya: A key activity will be recruiting girls and procuring agreements from their parents in order to ensure their attendance for the entire four years required to graduate from secondary school.
  • Connect Maasai High School students with other students from around the world through service learning, pen pal, and home stay.

Maasai High School was officially opened in January 2007

Official opening of the Maasai High School was a historical and ceremonial event for the Maasai people of Kajiado District.

Hundreds of people came from all corners of Maasai land to show their support and celebrate with their fellow constituents. Maasai leaders such as Major General Ole Nkaiseri (Minister of Parliament from Kajiado Central Constituency), Mr. Ole Kores (Chairman of Olkejuado County Council), and Mr. Ole Kutata (area councilor) among several councilors from Kajiado Central and South constituency were present. Also, officers from Education Department such as Ole Nkanae (Vice Chairman of Teachers Service Commission), Mrs. Kuta (Chief Education Officer, Sultan Hammud Zone, Mashuuru Division), and officials from the office of the President in Kajiado Central Constituency came in to show their support.

The Maasai Association together with Merrueshi Community thanks all those attended such a colorful ceremony.
The Maasai High School Project was commissioned by the Maasai Association.


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