Founded in 1932, Pangani Girls High school (Formerly Duchess of Gloucester) is a National school located at heart of Nairobi. It became a boarding school in 1986. The school first appeared in the top 100 schools in Kenya’s National Examination in 1990, under the leadership of Mrs. Ruth Cheriuyot. It then rose steadily and has remained one of the best performing schools in Kenya. Due to the consistently high performance, the school was elevated to a national school in 2011. The continued improvement and high-performance of the school is an indication of the dedication, sacrifice, and collaboration between the alumni, the principal, teachers, and students.
When we say alumni, are a great resource to schools, the performance and results that come forth bear witness to this fact. Brought together by their passion for their Alma mater, the Pangani Alumni Association was formed in 2015. In the last two consecutive years, Pangani Girls High School has made the news, producing the top student in KCSE and more among the top 10 Countrywide. In 2016, the school had highest number of students qualifying for Universities, that is, 272 out of a possible 277 graduates.
In 2018, Pangani Girls Alumni Association engaged intensely with the girls in their alma mater reaching1,217 students. The alumni association organized mentorship workshops. The mentorship sessions were structured as one-on-one sessions and group sessions targeting different classes. The sessions focused on sexual reproductive health, social media etiquette, bullying, mental illness and addiction.
In addition to the mentorship sessions, the alumni association organized career talks attracting over 40 speakers from diverse professions. The career talks included short sessions held on evenings and weekends as well as a career fair for Form Four students held in partnership with five universities and multiple corporate companies. Alumni in the diaspora also joined the conversation by sending videos and calling-in. The alumni also organized academic coaching sessions to support students struggling with studies. These interactions have not only helped improve the academic performance of the students but also the wholesome growth.
Speaking to current students during the 2019 Thanksgiving Day at the school, Pst. Ambrose said, “I am grateful to see Alumni here to mentor and support current students. It also encourages the girls to see that they too sat where you are and came out successful on the other side and have come back to give back (Paraphrased).
The success of the program has greatly depended on the meticulous organization by the Alumni Association leadership. To effectively organize these events the leadership has worked closely with the school’s administration. Each term, there are scheduled stakeholder meetings with the principal, the guidance and counselling team, the career development team and the club patrons. In addition, the association organizes a mentors training to ensure efficiency of the sessions.
As a way to celebrate the achievements of the association, Pangani Alumni Association holds an annual networking dinner. The goal of the dinner is to raise funds for the scholarship program. The funds for the scholarship program are raised from the dinner tickets, pledges and corporate sponsorships. In 2018, the dinner, themed “Wakanda Forever with a call to Pay It Forward”, attracted 220 guests. Over 25 girls had benefited from the education fund that majorly helps to offset fee balances for students with school fees challenges.
A little effort, a moment in service to others, a heart that gives, a mind that envisions, and an agreement of many can transform the course of an entire student population, a school and the society at large.
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