Education for Girls in the Maasai Community

The Ewuaso Najile School for Girls is a secondary boarding school, located approximately 70 kilometers from Nairobi. The school, now a landmark in the expansive Najile savanna, houses 267 girls. Twenty-one of these girls are sponsored through our ministry.

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The challenges facing girls in this Maasai community necessitated their empowerment through education — mainly because the priority to go to school is given to boys.

With an education, these girls are now free to dream, compete with their male counterparts, and decide their own future. This feat was unheard of in years past.

Pauline is one such Maasai girl who aims at reaching great heights:

“I want to shape my future so that I can be of help to myself and others. I want to be a doctor.

Other girls (not in school) look much older than me. They are married and have children at a young age, and they face many hardships at home.”

Pauline’s friend Mary is not enrolled in our program or from the Maasai community, but the school has made a great impact in her life.

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“I have come to learn more about the Maasai people and their way of life. I even speak some Maasai.

I hope to one day become an electrical engineer.”

Teachers at the Najile Girls’ School understand the value of education.

Isaac, a history teacher, sees the school as a launching pad for a new generation of Maasai girls.

“Illiteracy and lack of exposure has dragged us behind. We have many bright girls who can compete with anyone.

“This opportunity to be in school offers them that chance.”

This new generation of Maasai girls have a new outlook on life and they hope to make a difference in their respective communities.

Joyce is an older sponsored child who has been lending a helping hand at the girls’ school for the last three months.

She believes that an educated woman is more endowed with the confidence to be independent.

“I want to have fewer children so that I can educate all of them with ease. My mother sold the last of her cows to educate me.”

With time, Maasai girls from Ewuaso Najile will not be married off in their teen years to older men, bear an unmanageable number of children, or trek for long distances in search of water and social amenities such as hospitals.

These girls will one day offer solutions to the perennial droughts, and stop retrogressive cultural practices such as early marriages and female genital mutilation. They will help improve the main economic activity and the pride of the Maasai people, livestock keeping.

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  1. MAURINE August 25, 2015

    This is very nice. Atleast most of them are now able to recognise the importance of girl-child education. But does that school contain only maasai students or any student can join from any other tribe

    1. Susan Sayler August 25, 2015

      Hi Maurine! Our work in the area mentioned in this blog post is mostly dedicated to the Maasai because that is who is in that area. However, we minister to many different tribes in Kenya as a whole. If you are interested in becoming a part of Compassion, please email [email protected]. Thank you and God bless you!

  2. Mike B March 27, 2013

    Silas, I am considering applying to be on staff with Compassion. Are you on staff with Compassion in Africa. If so I am looking to get some information regarding what type of experience it is for Compassion workers. Not sure this is the best way to go about this but I couldn’t find a blog with staff members. thx for your help. mike

  3. Sam Saiyorri January 21, 2013

    What a great read, i reflect just 7 years ago when the girls from this community were to travel hundreds of kilometres to join high schools in Narok about 180 km and Ngong some 80 km away.Now they walk to High school.What a miracle and a launching pad for the next generation of Maasai girls to transform their communities in jesus Name.Glory and Honor be to God.

  4. Evans Oriwo January 21, 2013

    Hi Silas,

    You know as a Partnership facilitator i almost always have my hands full with work. However, lately I am given to reading blogs and i draw a lot of satisfaction in reading such a blog that depicts how the little things we (Compassion Kenya) do with the resources that the Sponsors and Donors sacrificially give can change lives of these young girls. It is fulfiling to note that the efforts really do bear such (succulent) fruits. When just one life is changed because a Sponsor somewhere who may never even have the opportunity to meet their sponsored child donates, we give glory to the Lord. For such stories to be shared with the rest of the world, it is such a blessing. Let us all keep the Ministry rolling….

  5. Tondja Woods Colvin October 11, 2012

    It is so heartwarming to hear about the girls of the Maasai tribes being educated and valued as children of God. I visited the tribe in 2000 and this article highlights the huge strides that are taking place because of sponsors hearing the call of God.

  6. Kate October 11, 2012

    “My mother sold the last of her cows to educate me”. Oh my.

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