Freedom School in Nakuru County has recently gained widespread acclaim for its outstanding work with children, the little-known school has now earned a place among the top 10 best schools globally.
The prestigious ranking was bestowed upon the school by the T4 Education Initiative, following a rigorous competition featuring over 1000 entries worldwide in the Overcoming Adversity category.
One of the standout factors that contributed to the school’s high ranking was its unique approach to student attire.
Unlike most schools in Kenya, which adhere to a standardized uniform policy prescribed by the Ministry of Education, Freedom School allows its students the freedom to choose their own attire. Consequently, many students opt to wear African garments and traditional “lesos” instead of a uniform.
Furthermore, the school’s curriculum stands out for its multifaceted nature, encompassing a comprehensive exploration of the students’ heritage and roots. From delving into the origins of their clans to embracing traditional attire, the school nurtures a deep connection to their cultural identity.
Additionally, teachers at Freedom School incorporate coding education, equipping students with technological skills from a young age.
The kindergarten learners actively engage in studying various African languages and dialects, fostering their multilingual abilities.
According to T4 Education, the school’s emphasis on public speaking, critical thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship ensures that the students are not only literate but also multilingual by the tender age of three.
The organization recognized Freedom School for demonstrating that African children thrive and flourish when the curriculum is tailored to address their specific needs. Through these approaches, the students develop a profound sense of pride, self-efficacy, and cultural identity.
The school actively encourages children to embrace their natural features, including their skin color, hair, and inherent brilliance.
It proudly adopts African prints and outfits, promoting the powerful African value of “Ubuntu.” The school originally initiated a scholarship program to support disadvantaged students in the local community.
As of June 2023, Children in Freedom School had enrolled over 500 students aged between five and 14 years old.
To achieve its educational goals, the school invested in the retraining and empowerment of its teachers, encouraging an Afrocentric approach in their teaching methodologies.