Headstart Academy – A Real ‘Head Start’ to Life

By Rosenell


070414_maji_mazuri-29Universally a school is an institution that equips individuals with skills and knowledge to help them cope with life struggles. Education is particularly crucial in Mathare Valley slum, is an informal settlement with a lot of challenges. In Mathare Valley parents take their sons and daughters to school with the hope that some education will help them secure employment in future and give them a better life.

Maji Mazuri Headstart Academy is an informal school in Mathare slums with a population of about 500 pupils from baby class to standard eight. Baby class is one of the stages in a child’s life that determines how the child will relate and cope with life. It can be fundamental in the determining a child’s future – a real head start to life.

Maji Mazuri Headstart Academy is a very unique institution compared to the other schools around Mathare valley. This is because it operates as a learning institution, feeding program and nurturing talent from a tender age.


Most pupils are raised by single parents hence it becomes very hard to provide three meals in a day . Maji Mazuri Headstart Academy comes to the rescue. Parents are assured that as long as their children are in Maji Mazuri Headstart Academy they will have breakfast and lunch. This means that the parents therefore only have to cater for dinner. In dire times some of these children might only have the meals provided in school.


Headstart School

Pupils queuing at Maji Mazuri Headstart Academy ready for their daily lunch.

Most parents take it as a once in a while opportunity to enroll their children in the school because the benefit will be a triplesome; the child is taught by qualified and dedicated teachers who are after the children’s success in life be it education or talent and the added advantage of the school feeding programme. Maji Mazuri Headstart Academy has made talent and education a vital aspect in this generation and the children of the Mathare slum at large.

Every child has an equal opportunity no matter the race, color, tribe or nationality provided one has the potential to deliver and has the will to push on.

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