High-quality education for girls in the poorest part of Kenya
Poverty is widespread in Kenya, and less than half of all girls finish secondary school. Among the poorest, only a few graduate. The WISER school is situated in the Nyanza province, one of the most deprived areas of Kenya, with 7 out of 10 inhabitants living below the poverty line.
After working in Kenya for 14 years, the social entrepreneur Sherryl Broverman founded WISER with Kenyan colleagues. WISER is a secondary boarding school for girls from impoverished and vulnerable families. The school is free, and admissions are based on the family situation and the girls’ primary school grades. The school has a particular focus on science. In addition to the regular subjects, the school also focuses on teaching the girls sexual and reproductive health and rights. In turn, the girls train girls at other schools in the area.
Together with Social Initiative, WISER has doubled the number of students since 2016. Social Initiative also helped WISER establish an alumni network and assisted in fundraising for the expansion of the school.
Schools in Kenya kept close during most of 2020 due to the corona pandemic. WISER was able to organize online-classes though WhatsApp groups for all students to participate in. 90% of the students took part of the classes and 99% returned back to normal when schools reopened in January 2021, compared to the national 80%.