Ceremonies to announce TEF Scholars, who will receive four-year scholarships for Nianjema secondary school, is one of the highlights of the year.
The ceremony is the culmination of a three-month free pre-form I course taught by trained Danish volunteers from Egaa School. Sixty to 80 girls from eight schools participate. Of those, 24 are selected as TEF Scholars annually.
Students in the free course work with creative Nianjema teachers daily. Teachers add variety and fun with sports and creative studies in addition to core math, library use, and English studies.
“Most have no English when they start,” says Charlie Sloan, school manager. “Now they hold normal conversations with us and each other.”
During the ceremony, participants and Nianjema students also entertain parents and teachers with songs, dances, and acrobatics.