Christ’s Victory Centre (CVC) school is a nursery and primary school located in the Githurai area of Nairobi.
The school opened in January 2010 with 45 students, all refugees. We now have 280 children, around two thirds are refugees (mostly from DR Congo and South Sudan) and the rest are Kenyans.
Refugee children face particular challenges as they may have missed out on school, been educated under a different system in their home country, be unable to speak English, be recovering from trauma, face discrimination at other local schools due to attitudes and lack of understanding of the needs of refugees, and come from families with little or no source of income.
The poverty level in Githurai is high, so many local families also struggle to send their children to school. Because of this, members of the local community approached us and asked if their children could also attend the school and it was agreed that they could.
Our school operates in a rented building. We run the full range of nursery and primary classes from Baby Class up to Class 8, and follow the standard Kenyan curriculum. Every November our Class 8 students take the national primary school exams (KCPE) which enable them to go on to secondary school, which many of them do.
Although founded on Christian principles, we accept children whatever their religious beliefs. The ages of the students range from 3-20 years as we take children who missed out on education and need to catch up. We also provide additional support to older children who join the school speaking little or no English.
When we have sufficient funds we provide the children with lunch, and occasionally breakfast as well. This is important as some children do not get enough to eat at home, and it is not easy for them to concentrate when they are hungry.
Outside of school, our children take part in local sports events and other community activities.
We currently have eleven teachers, two cooks and a night watchman.