By Amos Njau
Crawford International School has opened its doors in Kenya at the prestigious Tatu City, in response to the rising demand of a high-quality education.
With a capacity for 1 700 students, Crawford International School is part of South Africa’s JSE-listed ADvTECH Group, Africa’s largest private education provider. The group recently acquired the Makini Group of Schools in Nairobi and Kisumu marking the start of a five-year expansion strategy in the East African region.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony, Ms. Jenny Coetzee, Managing Director said Crawford International School Kenya will offer to board in a variety of forms (dormitory, shared or single rooms) depending on availability and student age.
She added that each boarding unit provides a personal study facility, modern en-suite bathrooms, a communal lounge and TV area, wireless broadband connections, computer facilities, dining hall, laundry, sanatorium with a dedicated nursing sister as well as an on-site counselor and mentors. Girls and boys are housed in separate wings.
“Our decision to come to Kenya is informed by the insatiable demand from parents and students for international, yet locally relevant education systems in Kenya that can impart their children the right way and foster their career growth and development.
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed welcomed the international school to Kenya noting that its entry is a boost to government’s efforts to grow a populace with effective skills for the 21st Century and which enables them to compete favorably across the globe.
“Given the interconnectedness of the global economies today, we also need to produce graduates with global competencies and who are able to work not just in Kenya but in any corner of the globe. That is why we welcome international education institutions like Crawford International School to Kenya,” she said.
Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour the developer of Tatu City, says they are very proud to have Crawford International School join the array of educational offerings in the Tatu community.
“We are now able to cater to all market segments, and the qualities of Crawford are teaching methodology, curriculum, management, and staffs are set to prepare students for a successful future.”