Outstanding Private Schools in Kenya Awarded for Holistic Education

Eric Olsen
June 5, 2019
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Mr. Daniel Juma, CEO GPF Kenya (left) and Dr. Tony Devine (right), Vice President GPF, with awardees at the Great Places Gala.

Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya, the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), Standard Media Group, and Trends and Insights for Africa (TiFa) awarded private secondary schools in Kenya for their overall culture that contributes to the development of holistic students at the Great Places to go to School 2019 Gala. The Gala awarded schools for their advancements in improving the quality of learning in Kenya based on the quality of their learning environments throughout the year.

The Great Places to go to School Awards recognized 14 schools out of over 250 entries as schools that contribute to holistic learning based on criteria like governance, academics, safety and security, career development, and character and creativity. The awards aimed to not only recognize outstanding schools but also to push educational institutions to create holistic environments for students that would dub them as “great places to go to school.” Both large and small private institutions were awarded, demonstrating the importance of incorporating a variety of holistic learning in all schools, no matter its size and the population it serves.

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One of fourteen awards presented to private schools at the Great Places Gala in Kenya.

Standard Group Media CEO, Orlando Lyomu, was optimistic that the initiative would become the top standard for evaluating the holistic quality of education. “The future our children are going to live in will be less driven by academic excellence and more by the ability to provide solutions,” he said. The CEO noted that in the future, the awards would extend to public schools as well.

“This great thinking has come at the right time and is going to give private schools in this country a platform to move to the next level,” said Kenya Private Schools Association National Vice-Chairperson Isaiah Mbaabu. GPF Vice President Dr. Tony Devine said the awards ceremony was a great initiative that provided a benchmark in Kenyan education to bring focus to the development of the whole child.

CEMASTEA Director Stephen Njoroge agreed, saying it was long overdue for schools to shift focus away from purely academic grades and that the way of the future is in developing talent, character, innovation, and creative thinking.

Global Peace Foundation, the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), and Trends and Insights for Africa (TiFa) are planning for the next Great Places to Go to School gala dinner with a tentative date in January 2020.



Safety and Security.

1.     Greensteds International School

2.     Juja Preparatory and Senior Schools

3.     Graceland Girls’ Senior School



1.     Laiser Hill Academy, Ongata Rongai

2.     The Excellence School

3.     Rusinga School


Business /Entrepreneurship Projects

1.     M-pesa Foundation

2.     Kibera Girls’ Soccer School

3.     Rusinga Schools



1.     Juja Preparatory and Senior Schools

2.     Sacho High School

3.     M-pesa Foundation Academy


Career Development

1.     Crawford International School

2.     Oshwal Academy, Mombasa

3.     Rusinga Schools


Co-Curricular and Sports

1.     Makini Schools

2.     Greensteds International School

3.     Laiser Hill Academy, Ongata Rongai



1.     Crawford International School

2.     Lukenya Academy IGCSE (British Curriculum)

3.     Rusinga Schools


Character and Creativity

1.     Makini School

2.     Clay International

3.     Greensteds International


Judges Award

1.     Nyiro Girls’ Secondary School, Samburu

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