Maranda Educational Centre aims to teach students
to provide for themselves and the community

MEC aims to provide a unique opportunity in breadth and depth of education we offer, which goes beyond academic success into practical skills needed in life.

Students will be stretched intellectually, physically, artistically, musically and spiritually.
We will be guided by the core belief that acquiring success both academically and
practically will lead to a happy and useful member of society. We will have high
expectations of ourselves and our students.

The Vision

The Maranda Educational Centre aims to create:

  • A Resource Centre that brings together information on best practices and provides a dynamic interface between government officials, educators and Kenyan citizens to support their efforts to improve our public school system
  • A community centre that provides parents and teachers with forums on issues of local concern, emphasizing community participation and activism.
  • An applied training centre for teachers at MEC and other schools;
  • Model early-childhood, primary and secondary schools that use best educational practices to prepare children to thrive in an increasingly dynamic society;

The Inspiration

Kenya is one of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world. The challenge is to sustain economic development while ensuring the well-being of all Kenyans in the years ahead.

Kenya’s economic and social development requires substantial educational reforms. Recent constitutional reforms recognize the importance of enriching the nation’s outmoded primary and secondary public education system. This requires school leadership and well-prepared teachers who deeply understand what helps students learn.

Students learn best when what they are doing is relevant and meaningful to them. Active learning, participating, creating, collaborating and problem solving are all essential to educating the “whole child”. Learners require extracurricular activities such as sports, drama, and music in addition to core academic disciplines. These are sorely lacking in Kenya’s public school system as the nation enters a vital period of educational reform.

Kenyan educators must find a balance between systems, theories, and innovative educational tools and the applied learning that prepares children for an increasingly complex world and demanding workplace.

In Kenya today 68% of the population lives in rural areas, but Kenya’s urban areas are growing rapidly. In order to meet the challenges of the 21st century, including environmental sustainability and effective urban planning, Kenya and Kenyans need the highest quality of education. MEC aims to prepare learners for that future and enhance the national conversation about best practices in education. Train in innovative agricultural techniques and preparing learners for the Green Economy, improving living standards in rural areas. MEC’s vision brings together teachers, learners and parents in a new partnership that strengthens schools, families and communities.

In action

Starting in 2011, the Maranda Educational Resource Centre continues to

  • Serve as a bridge between the diverse stakeholders in Kenya’s educational community, including government and international experts. Facilitate public and expert dialogue on educational reform.
  • Gather and share information relating to policies and best practices for educational reforms. These resources are available to other educational institutions that recognize the need for new ideas and approaches to improve public school curricula
  • Raise awareness among educators, parents, and the general public on misunderstood learning difficulties

Eventually, we plan to develop model schools incorporating best practices and reach out to other schools and communities to share experiences and replicate our successful model.