Sponsorship of a Child


Sponsoring an individual child in primary school or a family can be very rewarding on both sides and can cost as little as £60 per year. By sponsoring a child you are helping to give them the opportunity and encouragement they need to fulfil their potential and become the
future leaders in Kenya. 

There are 5 tiers of Secondary Schools. There are national schools that are well resourced and students pay the most amounting up to £50 per month compared to the other tiers. We believe it's worth the investment as 85% will go on to University and stand a real chance of breaking
the cycle of poverty in their families. 

We also support bright students who just miss the grades required for National Schools. Their fees are £35 per month. We ensure they attend the top ranking Extra County schools and many will still succeed and go to University or College.


£120 per year


 £5 per month, £60 per year.


 £50 per month, £600 per year


It is rare for our organisation to extend support beyond secondary school.  We offer basic
skill and enrichment trainings programs to help youth become independent, all rounded and
successful in life. However a start-up aid is offered to beneficiaries so as to ensure they
transit to tertiary institutions













£10pcm or £120pa
£5pcm or £60pa
for 6 years
£50pcm or £600pa
for 3 years
£50pcm or £600pa
for 3 years


The Kenya Education system has been changing over time since independence 1963. The system has currently undergone three transformations. Before independence, elementary education was based on the colonial system of education. Then there was the 8-4-4 system which started in 1985. Now, since January 2019, we are piloting the 2-6-3-3-3 system with two years in pre – primary school, six in primary school, three in junior secondary, three in senior
secondary and three in university.

This new curriculum affects current grade one to four in the sense that pupils enrolled in standard five (2019 class), will be the last group to sit for Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE), to be done in 2022. The new system guarantees eradication of individualised national examinations and presents Competency Based Curriculum which emphasizes on developing skills, knowledge and attitudes and applying those competencies in real life.

Some private schools, however, offer a system of education similar to the British system of education with ordinary level exams, "O-levels" taken at the end of 4 years of secondary school and advanced levels "A-levels", taken after two years of high school. 


Pre Primary Education

Formerly known as nursery school, child starts school at the age of three and it goes for two years specifically; Pre Primary one and pre-primary two. It is compulsory for a child to go through pre-primary education before joining primary education. One pays 120 dollars per year.


Primary Education

With the new education system, primary education commences at age six and it runs for six years. The first year is referred to as grade one and the last year is grade six at eleven years of age. Primary students are referred to as pupils. The school year at both primary and secondary levels, begins in January and ends in November. Students get 3 school vacations in April, August and December. At the ends of the school year students advance to the next grade. 
Students who completely fail their continuous assessment test exams will repeat the class the following year instead of advancing to a higher grade. Most primary schools are day schools with pupils living at home. Fewer schools at primary level are boarding schools compared to secondary schools. 
When the government adopted free primary education this led to a diminutive amount of school fees charged by primary schools for text books, PTA, and extra-curricular activities.

The additional minor costs are in the region of £60 per annum. In addition to the minor costs, a student has to find the funds for their stationery each term plus 2 core text books and a school uniform each year.


Junior Secondary School

This phase includes grade seven, eight and nine and it runs for three years. Learners will select optional subjects in line with their career choices, personalities, abilities and interests. Lower secondary will expose the learners to a broad-based curriculum to enable them to explore their
own abilities, personality and potential as a basis for choosing subjects according to career paths of interest at the senior school. They are classified into five tiers namely; national where all students attaining above 300 out of 500 marks get to attend. While others with above 250 marks get to attend extra county schools that are also well performing. Learners scoring below 250 marks attend County, Sub County and Day Schools. Since Kesho sponsorships are offered on merit based, about 90% of our beneficiaries secure placements at national and extra county schools. The cost of a secondary school placed at National level is £500 – £700 per annum while the cost at Extra County School is £420 per year.

Senior Secondary School

Learners in this category are between the age bracket of 15 to 17 and it goes for three years. This category lays foundation and training for the university, colleges, Tertiary, Vocational and Education Training Centres (TVET) and the working world which allows learners to utilise their specific talents to generate income. Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) is certain that the new education system will be the remedy to limitations identified in the 8-4-4 system that neglected sectors that accelerate economic growth such as agriculture, construction and fishing. They also noted that the former system prepared learners to be only suitable for white collar jobs and thus creating a skill imbalance leaving the rate of youth unemployment at 40%.


Vocational schools and colleges

These are two- or three-year post-secondary school institutions also termed colleges. They award certificates, diplomas and higher national diplomas after successful completion of relevant courses. Courses offered by these institutions include Business Education, Accounting, Secretarial Studies, Nursing, Teacher Training, Computer Studies, Journalism, Media, Design, Culinary Studies, Foreign Languages, Tourism and Technical Skills. In order of credibility or accreditation, national polytechnics rank first, followed by government training institutes, teacher training colleges and private institutions. Although generally termed colleges, these institutions do not award degrees. Degrees are only awarded by universities. Colleges admit students from 15yrs+ all courses are self-financed with a small government loan scheme available. Costs are between £50 to £500 per year. 

University Education

Students who manage a grade of C+ or better qualify to study for a degree at university. Public universities benefit from government-subsidised fees and as there are a limited number of places, all grades above C+ are required to gain a place on their degree courses. Students who gain a government assisted place wait for one year before receiving their calling letter. There are 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 13 universities with Letter of
Interim Authority (LIA). These universities are established through institutional Acts of Parliament under the Universities Act, 2012 which provides for the development of university education, the establishment, accreditation and governance of universities. The University of Nairobi is the oldest
university in Kenya.

There are 3 categories of private universities:

chartered universities - fully accredited universities, by the Commission for Higher Education;

universities, which had been offering degrees long before the establishment of the Commission for Higher Education; and

universities authorised to operate with Letters of Interim Authority (LIA). 

With the new curriculum, students will spend three years at University minimum age of admission is 18 years but the norm is usually 22 years when they start their first year. The Government loan pays fees and accommodation. It usually costs a further £200 per year for upkeep, travel and books.