Two weeks ago, the girls at St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School learned they improved their mean test scores almost one full point, from 4.862 to 5.725 – an AMAZING accomplishment in one year! Here’s a link to the video of them learning of the achievement! http://1drv.ms/1KGsSXY (can’t post videos into WordPress.)
According to Caroline Menach, Principal St. Elizabeth Girls Secondary School, the 2015 Form 4 class has set a minimum bar for themselves of another 1 point mean score improvement at minimum, and are shooting for a mean score of 9! “That’s my vision” she writes “that my girls will all graduate to the universities in the near future!”
“Mum, in Kenya we have Regular courses sponsored by the Government, mean the fees are affordable for those who meet the cut off grade of B-, 62 points, but for those that score C+ can go to universities of their choice but as self sponsored students, meaning their fees are triple! If they join universities, then St. Elizabeth will send 11 girls!”
This improvement in just one year shows the power that hope can provide, combined with great principals like Caroline Menach, school leaders and their boards, wonderful teachers and engaged parents who help these girls realize their full potential.
The Global Giveback Circle program is such a powerful compliment to the World Vision Child Protection through Education program (that has built St. Elizabeth and St. Catherine Girls Schools in West Pokot and led a significant and sustained advocacy program in the area.) The Global Giveback Circle program provides a way to help fund these deserving girls to go to college or university through contributions and mentorship by women in the US – tangible proof to a benefit that few ever dreamed possible 6 years ago when I first visited. The girls are working hard and raising their scores because it means something so marvelous to do that!
When I was watching the video, I also was struck by just how many girls were in it …. and thought back to the day I was there in 2009 – only God knew what He had in mind for me and now hundreds of girls after that visit. I rejoice to witness ALL He has done through World Vision and the caring adults in this area, how individual lives and the broader culture are changing, and how God’s love is being proclaimed in the area!
For more information about the Global Giveback Circle or to get involved, please visit www.globalgivebackcircle.org
Microsoft employees: Microsoft will match your time mentoring a girl with $25/hour – your time alone will bring a girl the funds needed to go to college – as of this writing, we’re looking for 71 mentors!