The Starehe Girls’ Centre is a charity and a national girls’ high school. It is located in Njathaini, Bustani Estate off Kiambu Road, a rural setting 20 km north of Nairobi, in Roysambu Zone, Kasarani Division, Kasarani District in Nairobi County. The 55 acres of land on which the Starehe Girls’ Centre stands belonged to Mr. Duncan Gray and Mrs. Jane Auld Gray. They leased the land to Limuru Girls’ Centre which was opened in May 1982 under the Trusteeship of Dr. M. P. Chandaria, Mr. Eliud N. Njoroge and others. This Centre closed in 2002. In the Year 2003 the Trustees of Limuru Girls’ Centre agreed to have the land leased to the Trustees, of the would be Starehe Girls’ Centre. Among these were Dr. Chandaria, Mr. Njoroge and Dr. Eddah Gachukia, among others.
SGC was founded on the principles and ethos of the Starehe Boys Centre/School, collectively known as the “The Starehe Way”. The School motto “Our Education, Our Strength” (“ElimuYetu, NguvuYetu”) reflects the spirit of academic excellence that permeates the culture of the Centre. From the year 2008 to 2012, 95 percent of graduates gained admission in various Universities, 3% joined diplomas courses which will lead to degrees and two percent opted to work. The founders of SGC set out not merely to provide food, clothing and protection to girls in need, but to restore in them the self-confidence and self-respect so often injured by earlier misfortune in life and finally to provide them with sound enough education to serve them well in today’s competitive world.
To establish a national centre of academic excellence for bright but disadvantaged girls incorporating high standards of discipline, responsibility, integrity and service.
To provide a homely, supportive environment within which girls from disadvantaged backgrounds can develop their full potential in academic and personal development. Also to redress the imbalance in access to quality education and leadership opportunities for disadvantaged adolescent girls.
Participation in Digital Essay Competition
2014: 6 entries
Principal / Teacher: Mrs. Margaret Wanjohi
P.O BOX 6847-00200, Nairobi, Kenya.