In May of 2005, we acquired a 7 acre parcel of land; a first step toward our vision of a school for the poorest of Nambale’s children.
Nambale Magnet School has more than 340 students beginning at age three up through grade eight.
As of January, 2016, NMS, has a complete “single stream” of 11 classes from age three through grade eight; more than 340 students. Long-term goals include additional classrooms and teachers for science, art and music, an additional social worker and administrative staff person with office space for each.
When the WIKS-Kenya board was first introduced to the American concept of the magnet school, they were immediately attracted by the equality it suggested. In a socially stratified society, the idea of a school where students with few resources and families decimated by poverty and disease could learn alongside children from intact and prosperous families is radical and compelling. Such a premise also aligns the school’s mission with Kenyan government policy that vulnerable or indigent children not be isolated from mainstream Kenyan culture. The Board suggested the name, Nambale Magnet School – and it has proved attractive in many ways:
And we hope the Nambale Magnet School will attract you to be part of the extended family for children who have no one.