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Administration

Welcoming Remarks from the Director

Sister Jane Soita

Welcome to the Starehe Girls Centre website. The Centre was conceived as a charitable national girl’s high school catering for bright but economically and socially disadvantaged girls. The establishment of the Centre was as a result of concerted efforts of individuals who envisioned an institution with a holistic education approach.

Starehe Girls Centre is located off Kiambu Road in Bustani Estate, Njathaini- a rural setting about 18 km north of Nairobi. Administratively, the Centre is in Roysambu Zone, Marurui Location, Kasarani Division, Kasarani sub-county in Nairobi County. Currently, the Starehe Girls community is composed of a Director, Deputy Director, Deputy Principal, a staff establishment of forty-eight teachers and forty-six non-teaching and support staff.

The steadfast growth of the Centre is attributed to the combined efforts of the Boards of Trustees and Management, donors, sponsors, partners, staff and students who work together tirelessly. When Starehe Girls Centre opened its doors to seventy-two (72) girls from every county in Kenya, it had three tiny old dormitories. Each of these dormitories accommodated twenty four (24) girls. There were two classrooms each of which accommodated 36 girls. Two other classrooms, without equipments and amenities, were converted into laboratories for teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Agriculture. These buildings were inherited from Limuru Girls Centre.

Currently, the population stands at 720 students. 70% are sponsored students while 30% are self-sponsored students. The school motto: “Elimu Yetu, Nguvu Yetu” (Our Education, Our Strength) reflects the spirit of academic excellence that is the hallmark of the Centre. For the past thirteen years of attempts of the National Examination KCSE, 95 percent of graduates have gained admission to various public Universities, a few have gone to international universities while a few others have joined diploma courses.

The Centre continues to play a significant role in developing the physical, intellectual, spiritual and social attributes of every single student. We pride ourselves in producing students who are well-rounded and able to cope with the many challenges of today’s world. In co-curricular activities, the Centre excels in sports, music, movements and clubs.

As we mark seventeen years, I feel fully obliged to comment on where we have come from and where we are going as a best practice in management. Indeed, as the Centre continues to register remarkable progress in student population, academic performance and improvement in infrastructure, we must celebrate even as we plan for the next couple of years as all successful organizations have a time of reflection and planning. The progress made so far is no mean feat. It called and continues to call for unity of purpose, a collaborative approach of all partners and upholding of the Centre’s vision, mission and core values.

The Trustees continue to organize fundraising events. The second term of each year, the Centre holds the Annual Walk while the third term is for Annual Dinner. We kindly and humbly urge all people of goodwill to join hands with the Starehe Girls Centre community in promoting the girl child.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to all the stakeholders, our sponsors, donors and well-wishers. It is my sincere hope that we shall continue to partner in this important endeavour. Many thanks for the great work you have done and continue to do. We cannot thank you enough.

Finally, I wish to welcome all of you to visit our Centre and learn more. Best wishes and God’s blessings to you all. Read here

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