Global Playground Announces Construction of Library at a Girls' School in Kenya

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 | posted by Cathy Ji |
With its tenth anniversary quickly approaching, Global Playground is proud to announce its eighth project—a library and media center for Siana Girls' Secondary Boarding School in Kenya.

Siana Girls' Secondary Boarding School is currently under construction in the Siana ward of Narok County, Kenya, near the town of Megwarra.  An estimated 480 girls are expected to attend Siana Girls' Secondary School each year, 40% of whom are expected to require aid.  Most of the girls who will enroll come from Maasai families who are deeply rooted in the pastoral tradition.  Until the early 2000s, a majority of Maasai children were not enrolled in primary, let alone secondary educational institutions.  In the past ten years the Kenyan government and the Maasai people have made great strides in increasing enrollment figures in the region, but both have faced challenges in finding the resources to make education accessible in rural parts of Kenya, like the Siana ward.  Global Playground will help overcome these challenges.

Classroom at Siana Primary Boarding School.
Global Playground will work with MAO Kenya, its partner in the region, to construct the library and media center.  Camilla Buchanan, member of the Board of Directors of MAO Kenya, shares, “Having a secondary school for young Maasai women living in the Siana sub-location has long been a dream that MAO Kenya has shared with the parents and teachers of the Siana Boarding Primary School in Megwarra. Now the quality of education available to these young scholars will be measurably advanced by the addition of the planned library/media center.”

After the project was approved during last week's Board of Directors meeting, Board Chair Doug Bunch noted, “Global Playground is thrilled to return to East Africa – the site of its first project – as we celebrate ten years as an organization. We welcome the students of Siana Girls' Secondary School to the Global Playground family.”

Learn more on the Global Playground Kenya project page.