Gala Overview

Forty-six schools, both primary and secondary, gathered at the esteemed 4th edition of the Great Places to School Gala, hosted at Panari Hotel in Nairobi last weekend. Organised by The Standard Group PLC and the Global Peace Foundation Kenya in collaboration with various educational bodies, including the Kenya Private Schools Association, the event aimed to honour institutions fostering positive learning environments.

Commendations from Education Leaders

Since its inception in 2019, this initiative has aimed to highlight schools nurturing transformative learning experiences. Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu commended the initiative, underlining the importance of cooperation with the Directorate of Quality Assurance to uphold education standards in the nation. 

Award Categories and Participants

The gala featured eleven categories, with 392 schools participating (with 46 award winners). Categories ranged from moral and innovative school leadership to climate action and equity and inclusion.

Woodland Star’s Achievements

Among the recipients was Woodland Star, which received 1st Place in both the Climate Action and Global Competence Categories. This marks our second year of recognition, showcasing our ongoing commitment to addressing global issues.

We understand the responsibility to foster sustainability and instil a deep respect for nature in our learners. Furthermore, our educational ethos centres on differentiated learning, valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ministry of Education’s Support

In a statement delivered by Directorate of Teacher Education director Dr Salome Maina on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary, the Ministry of Education reiterated its commitment to collaborating with passionate private sector partners to enhance education. Woodland Star is excited to be an active and engaged member within the educational sector in Kenya, with a vision to contribute and share our unique educational philosophy and approach with local stakeholders and educators, in order to see learners and teachers beyond just our own campus impacted positively through exposure to and training in an alternate way of teaching and learning. Dr Maina encouraged schools that did not participate in the 4th Edition to aim higher and engage in future editions, hoping that the awards would inspire greater achievements.

More Information

For the full list of award winners, access this news article by Standard Media here:

You can also watch the gala event here:

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