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The Nasio Trust Exceptional Student Programme

The Exceptional Student Programme is the Nasio Trust’s flagship programme that supports exceptional students especially girls in Kenya access secondary education. By providing a scholarship to students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performances despite their economic or social circumstances, Nasio hopes to create leaders for the future.

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Combining the disbursal of scholarships, mentorship, and community empowerment, the Exceptional Student Programme brings together individual and societal growth to develop a holistic learning environment. At present, the Exceptional Student Programme sponsors 10 girls from Mumias and Samburu’s hardship areas in western and northern Kenya.

Need for the Programme

Economic contingencies have made it impossible for intelligent, hard-working children in western Kenya to attain their full potential. Attendance in the National Secondary Schools is dismal due to high cost of fees and need for children’s labour elsewhere. Consequently, students tend to attend local community schools (approx. 10% of the cost of other schools) which are unable to meet the calibre of ‘Grade A’ students and families often still struggle to financially support their children—or not attend school at all.

The Exceptional Student Programme hopes to transform the lives of vulnerable and poor but bright children in the rural communities we support. Not only does the programme support the individual student but also their family to offer a holistic base and help develop communities. Economically, interventions like training and income generating projects or food security can empower families. The One Acre Fund programme, for instance, maximises crop yields from subsistence farms to supplement incomes.

Selection Procedure

The programme is advertised in the rural local schools and communities with a rigorous, highly competitive selection process. Applicants must be ‘Grade A’ students who have achieved a high pass in their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) (less than 10% of students in Kenya score above 350 marks). They must also possess the right attitude towards education, care about their community, and come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Eligible pupils and their guardians are invited to apply and attend our screening delivered by a qualified panel. This consists of interviewing both the pupil and guardian and assessments to ascertain their vulnerability and behaviour both at home and school including a recommendation letter from their school, religious leader, and local government authority.

The students are deemed ‘exceptional’ because despite their personal circumstances (including economic hardship or the loss of a parent), lack of adequate educational infrastructure, poor states of their schools and unqualified teachers, they manage to perform well and match urban pupils who have, by comparison, vast resources at their disposal.

Expenses Met by the Exceptional Student Programme

Funding and sponsorships go towards meeting the expenses of tuition fees and supplementary materials needed by the student (including books, uniforms, stationary). The annual fees per student is approximately £600 a year. An additional £500 would meet further costs and admission requirements for education and support the student’s family economically and empower them to support the rest of the family.

Engagement Beyond Academics

Students will engage in volunteer programme within the Nasio Trust—participating rotationally in different Nasio departments—undertake school visit talks, and take part in exchange programs with other organisations. They will also be part of our Peer Education Programme, which teaches young people life skills.

During school holidays, we will engage them in mentorship programs. Holiday volunteer placements will be tailored to the student to develop their skills and interests and where possible will develop them in their chosen field.

Chances of Getting into Tertiary Education once Sponsored

The proposed programme is intended to cover students until they achieve a degree and/or a professional qualification hence much will depend on the student’s progression through their studies. Students will require a C+ grade in their final secondary school exams to be eligible for a university placement. We optimistically hope to project a 100% rate of students choosing to enter tertiary education. The right mentorship, school and distraction-free environment can ensure students achieve their full potential.

Evaluation of the Programme

Continuous monitoring and assessment of the students will form the foundation of our evaluation process. The full impact of the programme will be measured by the final outcome after 4 years of secondary school and when the sponsored student achieves their career goal and enters in their chosen field. Since this is a long-term evaluation, we will be assessing progress against set milestones to see if the student is on track and if the support provided is appropriate for them.

What linkages to other organisations does the programme have?

We are working closely with schools, education offices, the Childrens’ Office, National and County Administration Offices, SHOFCO, African Leadership University (potential partner), and Generation Kenya as well as KITE UK a mentorship programme set up between Oxford University and Nairobi University.

How will sponsors be kept appraised of progress?

The Nasio Trust, in close cooperation with the designated schools, will monitor and review the entire educational programme and progress of the sponsored children. We will publish an annual report detailing expected goals and an overall assessment of the sponsored student’s progress, covering their behaviour, continuing commitment, conduct, and academic performance.

Nasio will also monitor termly updates on the child’s progress including result slips, teachers’ comments, progress update from the Nasio social worker in-charge, photos and handwritten letters from the student, and a report on their volunteering commitment during school holidays. Should a student fall short of the required standards, the scholarship may be withdrawn if they are unable to improve after a full investigation of the circumstances.

Is Nasio looking for an annual commitment or a one-off donation?

Both, an annual commitment or a one-off donation are welcome. But our prayer and hope is for an annual commitment that will guarantee completion of secondary education for the student.

How can I get involved?

Send us a message on our ‘contact us’ tab if you would like more information or to get involved.

Meet Our Exceptional Students

Njopina Lolotuno (Girl)

  • Njopina is 16 years old and comes from Ng’utuk in Samburu County
  • Njopina’s future was put in jeopardy, as her father lost his job due to the COVID-19 lockdowns
  • Njopina scored 394 in her KCPE, and has been accepted into one of the best performing national secondary schools in the country, Kenya High School
  • Njopina plans to be a doctor working in her community, she wants to stop people getting sick and dying because they do not have access to proper medical care
  • Njopina’s passion is animals. She loves elephants and thinks her community’s future is intrinsically linked to the preservation of these animals

Nashami Sarah Lalarari (Girl)

  • Sarah is 14 years old and comes from South Horr in Samburu County
  • Sarah was brought up by a single mother with her four siblings. She says that her mother is her role model because although she struggled, she always provided for her family
  • Sarah is an exceptionally gifted student and achieved 362 in her KCPE
  • Sarah’s favourite subjects are Mathematics and Science, and her future ambition is to be the first female engineer in Samburu County
  • Sarah loves football and wants to show that Samburu girls can do whatever the boys can do

Alimo Lekonte (Girl)

  • Alimo is sixteen years old and comes from Naisunyai in the Westgate Conservancy
  • Alimo comes from a family who are passionate about education, but do not have the funds to support all of the children. She has ten siblings
  • Alimo scored 281 in her KCPE, scoring well above the average for her school
  • Alimo loves listening to gospel music, playing netball and planting trees in her free time
  • Her Ambition is to be a teacher, and importantly, to be independent and not have to rely on a husband. Her parents are not educated and she is leading the way for her siblings

Leriand Naiomi Nasheita (Girl)

  • Naiomi is 14 years of age and from Tuum in Samburu County
  • Naiomi’s father died four years ago, leaving behind two wives and eleven children. Neither of the wives are in employment
  • Naiomi achieved 298 in her KCPE and came top of her year in Swahili. She is very sporty – excelling in volleyball and football. She also enjoys swimming
  • Naiomi’s career ambition is to become a nurse so that she can help the community
  • Her goal is to get a good job so that she can support her younger siblings through their education

Napanu Letoole (Girl)

  • Napanu is 14 years old and is from Ng’utuk in Samburu County
  • Napanu is the only girl in her family to go to school. Her older brother has recently had to drop out of school due to lack of school fees
  • Napanu scored 282 in her KCPE and she was the leader of the school health club
  • Napanu aims to be a teacher when she is older, so that she can inspire other students to love school the way she does
  • Napanu wants to work with SAFE Samburu in her school holidays in order to create a safe community for girls, without FGC

Damaris Atieno (Girl)

  • Damaris is 14 years old, she attended school at Lureko Primary School in Mumias West, Kenya
  • She attained 362 Marks out of 500 for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education
  • She likes playing leg ball
  • She would like to become a lawyer when she grows up
  • She stays in a rental house together with her father after being chased away from the family land. This dispute resulted into separation of her parents

Linda Masakhwe (Girl)

  • She’s 14 years Old
  • She attended Mumias Township Primary School
  • She attained 363 marks
  • She likes playing leg ball
  • She would like to become a lawyer
  • She stays in rental house together with her mother
  • Linda was was born out of wedlock and was raised at his maternal home with her grandparents who are now deceased
  • The mother got married elsewhere and left her at her maternal home
  • She’s currently staying with her mother

Purity Atemba (Girl)

  • She attended school at Eshianini Primary School
  • She attained 346 Marks
  • She likes playing handball
  • She would like to become a lawyer
  • She stays with her mother at her maternal home after the father died and the mother got married elsewhere

Nangila Lydia Yvonne (Girl)

  • Nangila Lydia is 15 years old
  • She attended school at Shibale Primary School in Mumias West
  • She attained 357 Marks out of 500 for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education
  • She likes playing leg ball
  • She would like to become a teacher when she grows up
  • She is a partial orphan raised by the mother in one of the famous slums in Mumias Town, Kenya