The Moody Awori Scholarship for Secondary Education at Brookhouse School is offered to a deserving scholar at Makini School on annual basis. It pioneered in 2016 when the very first scholarship was offered to class 8 graduate Brandon Ambetsa. This is a full tuition and boarding scholarship. To be eligible for this scholarship the student must fulfil the following criteria:
In the Junior School and Middle School French is taught to all students using recommended coursebooks. Outside of the classroom lessons, the teachers have organized French Clubs for their respective sections. The club meets at the weekend and engages in activities that will enhance their French language skills. For this, Makini Schools has a Resource Centre, equipped with books, a projector, a whiteboard and high speed access to the internet. Makini Schools is also in a partnership with the Embassy of France in Kenya and the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi through which the teachers get top notch training and latest teaching resources. Our school is a member of the Alliance Francaise learning resource centre and can access their e-library at the school.
The children build on all four of their languages skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking by not only referring to books but by singing, role playing and other interactive activities which making learning fun and memorable.
Students of the French Club have presented French poems and choral verses at the Kenya National Music Festival and have held top positions in the same.
We encourage parents to motivate their children to take up French and join the club.
Makini Schools are environmentally friendly spaces, providing serene environments for students to learn. As a school, the learning atmosphere is a contributor to the students ability to concentrate and their sense of social responsibility for their surroundings.
This is overlooked by the Environment Club which has taken on a number of initiatives from tree-planting to cleaning the Kirichwa River which divides the Lower and Upper section of Makini School’s mother campus. The club innovates projects for exhibits on themes of sustainable development among others. Makini is by merit recognized as part of the Eco School organization and is additionally the first Green Apple School in East Africa, making us an ambassador for the conservation of our environment.
In one particular case, Stephen Njoroge, a former student of Makini who later become a UNEP youth activist, began his initiative while in Makini. While here he formed the We Care Club which advocated that each student should plant as many trees as their age.
Currently the Environment Club is running the Litter-Less Campaign which plans to reduce litter and improve waste management by sensitizing learners on the importance of a litter free environment and how they can reuse and recycle litter to create more valuable items.
The Makini Gifted and Talented department has seen many of our students access the opportunity to identify and nurture their exceptional abilities. The school has collaborated with organizations as Stadi Za Maisha on enrichment programmes for the gifted and talented. In one instance, we had two academically outstanding students, Finnic Otieno and Melissa Kedenge, attend the John Hopkins - Centre for Talented Youth summer 2014 programme. Other pupils have received secondary school scholarships at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall school in Connecticut.
Additionally, each year, one Makini primary school graduate receives the Moody Awori Scholarship to Brookhouse Secondary School based on merit and leadership skills.
Makini also nurtures talent in various sporting activities via the Makini Sports Academy, which has produced some of the best players nationally in swimming and other sports. In 2016, Chanelle Wangari was 8th position in the U.S Kids Golf World Championship, making her the first girl of age 9 and under to attain this level from Kenya.
Meanwhile, planning is underway to launch a Gifted and Talented Centre that will use approved and standardised assessments to identify the exceptionally gifted and talented youth in multiple intelligences.
Children with behavioral disorders will have the opportunity to get assessed and access Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that would assist them in coping with their issues and identify their talents.
Identification is a very critical step in raising individuals who can develop expertise in their respective field of giftedness, and in turn contribute to society in groundbreaking ways. As the quote credited to Albert Einstein says, “If you Judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”