The EACDT currently works in 17 schools in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Many of these schools are in the poorest slums and face a multitude of challenges.

From chronic overcrowding to lack of resources to frequent theft of school property by local residents, the schools are challenged every day. And yet, their teachers and pupils are full of smiles and resolve and are hugely appreciative of all help they receive.  

To learn more about each school, click on any of them on the map on the right or scroll down below.  

Dagoretti Boys

Mr Dixon Mutuku has been Head of Dagoretti high school for seven years. The school has 930 pupils and an average class size of 47. Despite these high numbers, Mr Mutuku is hugely proud of the determination of his students, thanks to an enhanced curriculum at the school.

For him, the EACDT adds to the overall curriculum of the school by actually teaching character and sport alongside the traditional elements of the school.

Dr. Aggrey Primary

Wachira Kagunya, Head Teacher of Dr Aggrey Primary School has been in post for 5 years. With 735 pupils and an average class size of 40, as with many of his peers, he identifies the facilities of his school, compared to the number of children, as the major problem faced by his school.

For him, the EACDT has helped in discipline and teamwork, which ultimately has led to the most important thing possible; improved academic performance.

Juja Road Primary

Mrs Beatrice Sikukuu has been Head Teacher of Juja Road Primary for 5 years. It has 1,100 pupils with an average class size of 50 pupils. Mrs Sikukuu identifies the major challenges faced by her school being related to the school’s location close to some significantly deprived area. Alongside that the school caters to a large number of Somalian refugees which creates major language problems.
For her, however, the EACDT has had a massive impact. Kids now attend schools more frequently and the playing fields have been significantly improved for all the whole school.

Kabiro Primary and Secondary

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Lenana School

Mr Muasya, one of the teachers at the Lenana Primary, has been at the school for three years. The school has 1,150 pupils with an average class size of 56.
Interestingly, Mr Muasya identifies one of the biggest problems at the school being an ideology that sports are not important in a child’s education. For him, extra-curricular activities are important to create a well rounded individual, which makes the work of the EACDT so important. He is most proud of Joseph Omondi, an ex-pupil, who is now playing first eleven cricket for the Kenyan Kongonis.  

Muslim Primary

Mr Julius Karioki has been Head Teacher of the Muslim Primary for just over a year and a half. Although it only has just under 300 pupils it faces its own unique challenges. With significant poverty in his area, Mr Karioki finds the hopelessness of the parents can be reflected in the children. Fortunately the EACDT gives the kids an opportunity of hope and the chance to channel their energy in a positive way.  Three of the pupils from Muslim Primary have, thanks to the EACDT, won bursaries to secondary education.

Nairobi School

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New Kihumbuini Primary

Mrs. Beatrice Njorge the Deputy head of the New Kihumbuini Primary School has only been at the school for one year.  The school has a population of 1,640 and an average class size of 70. She has found the main challenges to be the poor infrastructure and the very high pupil per teacher ratio.

As she is so new to the school, Mrs Njorge can only make comparisons with her previous school for the impact of the EACDT and for her, the EACDT has helped the school in maintaining discipline and also has given kids hope about their future.

Kangemi Primary

Mrs. Victoria Kioko, Deputy Head of the Kangemi primary school has been in the school for 13 years. With a population size of over 1,400 kids, Mrs Kioko is hugely proud of how the school strives to give the children an education despite the environment they come from. The positivity of the teachers rub off onto the kids who are massively committed to reaching their life goals.

As with so many schools in Nairobi, the biggest change Mrs Kioko would love to see would be a reduction in class size, bringing it down from 60 to 35, thus giving the children more access to teachers and text books.

For her, the major benefits of the EACDT are the sense of discipline and teamwork that have been instilled in the children. Without naming one child in particular, she feels that the children who are involved in the programme have become better and more positive people as time has gone by.

Kwangware Primary

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Old Kihumbuini Primary

Mr. James Kihara, Deputy head of the Kihumbuini primary school has been a teacher at the school for 14 years. It’s a school with 1,200 pupils and an average class size of 75.

Mr Kihara told us the biggest challenges facing his school related to the number of children, the space they had and the lack of teachers.  He also identified poverty as a major issue.

Since his school joined the EACDT programme, he and his colleagues have noticed the kids have a better and more positive outlook to life and now have some hope for tomorrow. Plus the kids have now learned a new game which they have really come to love!

There is one boy in particular, Caleb Obwage, who has been in the programme for two years and is now in class 8 (last year of primary school). His behaviour and character have improved so much since getting involved in the programme; so much so that he is now the head boy of the school and is a great role model for the younger kids.

Ruthimitu Girls

Sarah Morah has been Head Teacher of Ruthimitu Girls for 5 years. One of the smaller schools the EACDT works with, with 350 pupils and an average class size of 42, the school still faces many challenges similar to others in the programme. A lack of resources significantly restricts the chances many of the children have.

The EACDT has, however, prompted many of the girls to become involved in PE and sport in a way they haven’t before. However, one of the things about the EACDT programme is it’s not just about sport, indeed one of the pupils, Joan Wainaina, has become an expert scorer, broadening the choices she has later in life.

Ruthimitu Mixed

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Starehe Boys

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Tatu Primary School
Tatu Primary School

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