WISER Principal and Teachers Welcome 30 New WISER Scholars to Campus to Begin Classes

All Students Receive Full Scholarships Through Generosity of WISER Donors

Originally posted on February 5, 2010

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February 1, 2010 dawned brightly on the WISER campus in Muhuru Bay when Principal Dorcas Oyugi and the five inaugural teachers welcomed the Class of 2013 to Day One of classes.

Accompanied by their families, friends, and community members, 30 excited students—many being the first person in their family to attend secondary school– arrived at sunrise. They quickly moved to their dormitory rooms and received their personalized school lockers filled with uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, and personal care products.

Since the opening ceremony a few weeks ago, Principal Oyugi and her teachers have been readying the classrooms and lessons in anticipation of the students’ arrival.

Kiswahili/Geography teacher Grace Messopir remarked, “This is a once in a lifetime moment where we, together with the students, have become pioneers toward change.”

WISER proudly has the first and only white boards in the classrooms and the highest ratio of microscopes per student in the science laboratory—one for every two students—in any secondary school in Nyanza Province.

Each WISER teacher serves as a house advisor to six students. The teachers chose the names of the houses to inspire the students as individuals and teams. The houses wisely bear the names Magnificent, Mirror, Vivacious, Integrity, and Savvy.

Andy Cunningham, WISER’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, exclaimed in an email to his fellow Co-Founders Dr. Sherryl Broverman and Dr. Rose Odhiambo, “As I watched each girl walk into her classroom and sit at her own desk on her own chair, I began to imagine the possibilities that await all of us. Could we be looking at the first female Kenyan president? Absolutely! Could there be the next African Nobel Peace Prize winner in our midst? Absolutely!”

WISER continues the commitment to support all of our students with a full scholarship, even as each new class enters our school until we enroll 120 girls.

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