However, in the current educational situation in Kenya there is a huge gap between what children learn in high school and what is expected from them at (international) universities. The Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy will be the bridge that takes them across this gap. They will be taught everything they need to know to go on to any university in the world; ICT, international cultures and customs, planning skills, social and communication skills and other ‘real-life’ skills.

For girls

The Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy focuses specifically on girls from Kenya, because today’s girls are tomorrow’s mothers. They will pass onto their children what they have learned now, enabling the next generation to grow up with a new and stronger mindset. A mindset that will make for a better future. 70% of the girls selected for the Academy are currently living in underprivileged circumstances.

Without the Academy they will probably never have the opportunity to study after high school. 30% of the students will be regular paying students who have the talent, the skills and the ambition to pursue an international career.

The program

The academy lasts six to eight months. Students will not only attend classes but also participate in an intensive sports program. We will offer hockey, volleyball, athletics and basketball. The girls will study for SAT I, SAT II and TOEFL exams, which are required for admission to American and other international universities. Combined with intensive sports they might be able to qualify for a scholarship. Girls who do not qualify may choose to attend one of Kenya’s universities or set up their own business. If so, we will work together with Moi University Business School to coach them.

Why Kenya needs this Academy

Kenya’s economy depends on women. That’s not an opinion, but a proven fact accepted nationwide: The workforce becomes more diversified and it is the women who make money productive and pass on their knowledge onto their children. By educating the future women of Kenya – today’s girls – we create a new force, which will help this country take a huge step forward. A step away from poverty and towards a strong future. The Academy is expected to have a significant social impact too. It will not only attract students, but also employees, sponsors and businesses. It will become a centre that communicates and interacts with high schools, universities and companies all over the world.