Ntugi Secondary School

Project LocationMeru Central District, Kenya
Project TypeRural schools development

Ntugi Secondary School

In Kenya, it is often very difficult for children of poor, rural families to have the opportunity to attend school; this difficulty increases as children reach the age of secondary school. The lack of secondary schools in Kenya has meant that more than half of the country’s primary school children are unable to further their education. In response, the Ministry of Education has been encouraging communities to start up their own secondary schools. The government is prepared to assist with salaries for a portion of the faculty in these new schools; however, the shortfall must be met by communities and donors. In response to this need for higher education, in 2005, the parents of the Ntugi community founded the Ntugi Day Secondary School, which is now a part of the Lewa Education Programme (LEP) and supported by Tusk.

Located on 7 acres of land, the Ntugi Secondary School serves nine feeder primary schools in the Meru Central district of Northern Kenya. Tusk, in conjunction with LEP, has helped to develop Ntugi’s infrastructure so that it may better meet the expectations of its catchment population.

Ntugi Secondary School

In August 2007, Ntugi had 103 pupils, and many children in the area were unable to attend due to lack of capacity. The school had six teachers: 2 employed by the government, 3 funded by the parents and one volunteer. The school had only four permanent classrooms (with one still under construction) and was desperately in need of both additional facilities and better resources. 

Tusk had previously funded the construction of a number of classrooms and provided education materials as well as clean water for other LEP schools. Through Tusk’s close association with Lewa, the charity became aware of Ntugi’s needs and is now funding the construction of a kitchen, dining room, laboratory, and headmaster’s office as well as the rebuilding of an ablution block at the school. As a direct result of Tusk’s investment in Ntugi Day Secondary School, attendance at the school has risen from 103 to 180 pupils, and it is now regarded as the best secondary school in the Meru district.

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