The work at the Daraja Academy doesn’t stop when the term ends. During school break, the Daraja girls take skill sets and knowledge acquired from their studies to complete curriculum-related projects in their respective communities.

Community Health Project: the Academy’s Form 2s Learn to Analyze Their Surroundings to Create Positive Change

In a partnership with the University of San Diego, Daraja has created a project-based learning program focusing on community health. The participants of this project are the current Form 2s. In an attempt to interlink English, Swahili, biology, geography and business studies, the Forms 2s have been tasked with the assignment of collecting health-related data about their communities. What diseases are prevalent? What are the symptoms of common illnesses? Are there preventative measures that can be taken to avoid these illnesses? Are there curative medications that can be administered in order to save the lives of the affected? These and other related questions will be analyzed in order to create a educational awareness program with tangible solutions to bring back to surrounding Daraja communities.

“We introduced a basic foundation of knowledge to the Form 2s before assigning this project,” Victoria, the Business Studies teacher said of the project. “The girls visited Mara Moja, a community local to Daraja, and observed important aspects of community health: proximity of houses, common diseases the women suffer from, water sources and hygiene habits. We took that information and brainst