Meeting physical needs

Northern Kenya, a marginalised region, where most people live as nomadic pastoralists facing increasingly difficult living conditions

Meeting practical needs

In some areas 90% of the population is illiterate. Young people desperately need practical help to bring new skills to their communities

Meeting educational needs

Kisima Secondary School, a free residential school for 160 boys and girls aged between 14 and 18 years mainly from northern Kenya.

The Educational Frontier Trust (TEFT) is a UK registered charity providing funding for the educational needs of marginalised and vulnerable children in Kenya.

What We Do

TEFT supports a Kenyan charity, the Kisima Trust, and its educational project Kisima School which works with communities mainly in northern Kenya, in particular pastoralist communities.

Northern Kenya is a marginalised region affected by recurrent drought, banditry and violent conflict and has virtually no public services. High percentages of the traditional pastoralist communities are illiterate and many now depend on relief aid for survival.

Kisima School selects children from these communities on the basis of need and potential and gives them the opportunity to transform their lives through academic achievement. A secondary education and the chance to progress to university offers these children new skills and training that can change their lives and bring new life to their families and communities.


Kisima School

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10 teachers teach the Kenyan national curriculum to 160 children, 80 boys and 80 girls. The students sit the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education in their fourth and final year. Their results determine whether they progress to university or other colleges and levels of government financial support.

Kisima School is located on a five acre site at Nyahururu, approximately 240km northwest of Nairobi. The school site includes classrooms, staff rooms, a dining room (which also doubles as the school hall), kitchens, dormitories, a games field and teachers’ accommodation. Vegetables for the school kitchen are grown in a large greenhouse and all other available space around the buildings. Goats are also kept near the games field.

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Another fantastic performance in the national exams!

December 2017

Congratulations to the class of 2017 and their hardworking teachers for achieving superb results in the KCSE exams, ranking them sixth out of 9,350 secondary schools in Kenya.

National figures show just how difficult these exams were, with only 11.38% of candidates achieving the university entry grade of C+ and above. We are delighted that 100% of our students have reached this level and therefore will be able to continue their studies at university, supported by a loan from the Higher Education Loans Board. They will be joining university any time from May next year and we look forward to hearing which courses they will be going to study.

Thank you so much to all the sponsors and other supporters for the great part you play in changing lives in Kenya.

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