BENEFITING: PROJECT EDUCATION INC
Andy Leebron Clay's passion for Project Education, Inc (www.peikenya.org) and the students of Clay International Secondary School (www.facebook.com/ProjectEducationInc) is unending. In honor of this milestone birthday she would like to ask all her relatives, friends and professional acquaintances to donate to P.E.I. (in multiples of 65) instead of presenting her with presents.
Andy is a founding board member and former Chair of Project Education, Inc. a US-based non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to provide direct financial support to the Clay International Secondary School. Andy's vision created a non-profit who sends 100% of all funds raised go to directly support the school’s operations. P.E.I.’s vision is to create a community that flourishes one child at a time.
Facts about the Clay International Secondary School, Ngomano Kenya
Clay International Secondary School first opened in 2005 with 30 students and 2 teachers, occupying a single classroom. It has since grown to 124 students, 9 teachers, with a 25 acre campus which includes the following: 4 classrooms, a science lab, medical clinic, a dormitory for all 60 female students opening in May 2012, a principal’s office, 2 teacher’s offices, 12 faculty/guest houses, assembly hall seating 350 people, 2 kitchens, athletic field for football, volleyball, netball and track practice, storage buildings, a well providing fresh (non potable) water to the school and community, solar powered irrigation and river water retrieval system for the community with several cisterns, and agricultural land for community-run gardens, for such crops as beans, cabbage, onions, a greenhouse for tomatoes, and a 500 tree orchard for bananas, mango and papaya.
Clay International Secondary School, With a 1:15 faculty to student ratio Clay's educational practice of the Whole Child approach to education is possible. It's 9 faculty members are dedicated and nurturing. They are on duty from 6:30 A.M. until 8:00 P. M. either teaching, tutoring, coaching or simply available to meet the needs of the students. Teachers too encourage their students to excel at sports too and our students have achieved fame in the district as the top seeded girls’ volleyball team and boy’s football team.
Clay International Secondary School is further distinguished by its relationship with the people of Ngomano. The ongoing partnership created by the founders of Clay School and the parents of the students is, in essence, the underpinning of the institution. Parents to contribute to and do their part to sustain the school by working in the gardens, paying for some of the food, paying for the cook, the dormitory matron, school uniforms and other supplies. In turn, parents have benefitted from adult education classes, hygiene and health instruction, and access to medical care, as mentioned. Their pride in a school that they themselves literally helped to build by hand - 100’s of thousands of bricks made in the village to date - and the outstanding success of their children is their most prized reward.
Clay International Secondary School students have achieved remarkable academic success in a short period of time, mindful of the opportunity given to them, and working hard as a measure of their gratitude. The first three graduating classes, from 2009 to present, have placed first in the District KSCE examination scores and ranked 78th in 2010 and 56th in 2011 among all private schools in Kenya. Of the students who sat for the KSCE examination in 2011, 93% received a score of C+ or higher. Since its founding in 2005, 21 Clay International Secondary School graduates have tested eligible for University. The graduation rate is 97% for all matriculated Clay students and several alumni have found employment in local primary schools as they await placement in university or college.