Charles Okwemba @charlito56
A United States school will be hosting two students from Bridge International Academies in the 2017 -2018 Academic year.
This brings the number of former Bridge pupils studying in the US to eight. Melvin Kanaiza of Friends School, Kaimosi and Vitalis Wekesa of Friends School Kamusinga; will be joining St Anne’s Belfield School, Virginia.
The pupils are the recipients of the proceeds of a new Bridge International Academies Fund, generously established at the school by an anonymous donor as part of the school’s campaign Raise We Our Voices.
The project is dedicated to promoting access and maintaining teaching excellence. The two pupils were chosen competitively from a pool of outstanding applicants and will join the Residential Life Programme at the school for the next four years.
The director of admissions for grades nine to 12 at St Anne’s, Bo Perriello, said they are excited to begin a relationship with Bridge Academies, Kenya.
“I am overwhelmed by the quality of candidates and feels confident that Melvin and Vitalis will add tremendous value to their community,” said Perriello. Before their arrival at Charlottesville, the pupils will spend two weeks in Boston to learn the American way of life and culture with Bridge Academy staff.
They will serve as Bridge ambassadors and counsel other Bridge pupils at academic camps in Kenya during summer breaks. Bridge Academies, which receives investor support from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, serves more than 100,000 students whose families survive on less than $2 (Sh210) per day through 500 nursery and primary schools across Africa and Asia. In 2009, at the underprivileged Mukuru area in Nairobi, the first academy was opened under the mission, Knowledge For All.