School spotlight: Kenya High School

Kenya High + first lady

Margaret Kenyatta greets youth advocates of Kenya High School


The Basics

Kenya High School is a public girl’s high school located in Kileleshwa suburb in Nairobi, Kenya. The school was established in 1908 and it enrolls about 1200 students annually. It is a boarding school.


World’s Largest Lesson Activities

Kenya High School was one of the first schools around the world to do one of the lesson plans developed by The World’s Largest Lesson. They did a lesson on gender equality, which is fronted by the girl’s education advocate and actress, Frieda Pinto.


Some of the girls who took part in the lesson are part of an adolescent girls’ advocacy group supported by Plan International. They focus their advocacy work on ensuring girls’ rights are being prioritized by the Kenyan Government in the implementation of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. They have had such an impact on the dialogue in the country about the rights of adolescent girls that the First Lady of Kenya pledged her support to the continuation of this group and this work, which is shown in the above photo.


After the girls did the World’s Largest Lesson they recorded questions for the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, and the ex-Prime Minister of Australia and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, Julia Gillard. Their questions address some of the biggest causes of girls dropping out of school, such as child marriage, and they ask what world leaders will do to make sure more girls are getting the education they have a right to.


You can watch the answers from Michelle Obama and Julia Gillard live from 11am on September 29th here: