The first all-girls school has opened in the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The project was the idea of two Connecticut residents. The Kibera slum is home to more than 1 million residents, but there is no public education. Parents who can afford to pay the cost of school tuition almost always educate boys.
Earlier this year, Wesleyan University writing fellow Jessica Posner was co-recipient of a grant to build a free school for girls in the Nairobi slum. "In the span of 6 weeks we build a school from the ground up. It has 8 classrooms, a library, a sustainable garden"
45 girls from Kibera were selected as students from more than 500 applicants. Posner says they come from diverse ethnic tribes. "And also live in especially unsafe circumstances. We wanted kids who are really vulnerable to rape and other kinds of abuse."
The Kibera School for Girls opened in August with preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade classes. Posner says the goal is to expand the program through eighth grade.