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Location of the Kipevu School

Stratford Hall has been working to help the Kipevu School since 2006. This Kindergarten to Grade 8 school is located not far from Mombassa, Kenya.   Here is a map of the surrounding area for the Kipevu School showing the location of the completed wall.

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History of Kipevu Primary School

Kipevu Primary School is located in one of the least developed areas of the district of Chamgamwe, Mombasa. Established in 1985 with assistance from the World Bank, Kipevu Primary School had a promising start with new classrooms, a well, pit latrines and served a population that saw education as the path to development. Since then, the population of Mombasa and Kipevu School grew quickly and now has over 900 students with 20 teachers.

In keeping with the Millennium Development Goals, Kenya adopted the position of universal education in 2003 which saw an immediate increase of student population in all schools across the country. Kipevu’s school population swelled but the resources to accommodate these students were not available. This was common across Kenya, (and indeed much of Africa) where primary school populations rose but were met with no additional funds, teachers or resources. Education for all was an important initiative, but the quality was not meeting their hopes.

Since 2003, Kipevu Primary School has done its best, but is still challenged by overcrowding with some classes having 50 students, few resources and minimal funds to service their educational goals. When Stratford Hall came across Kipevu in 2006, the school was clearly showing signs of distress as the community around the school was deteriorating into a slum, soil erosion had taken its toll on the grounds, the well had been dry for 10 years and the pit latrines were full.

Today Kipevu is a full Kindergarten to grade 8 school. In grade 8, the students write national exams to gain entrance into secondary schools. If they do well, the students go to a secondary school and their education continues. If they do not score well on these exams, the formal education of the student ends.