NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – Following the Makini Schools buyout, South Africa investors have launched a new premium school in the Kenyan market known as Crawford International School.
Built on a 14 acre piece of land at Tatu City, the school has a capacity of about 2,000 students.
The state-of-the-art facility is part of South Africa’s JSE-listed ADvTECH Group – Africa’s largest private education provider – expansion strategy in the East African region.
Crawford follows the British Curriculum and the Cambridge International Examinations Board as the preferred choice of syllabus in most subject areas.
Students will be prepared for the IGCSE and in time the A-level examinations.
The curriculum and teaching approaches are further adapted to learners’ needs to align them with global goals and trends that will enable them to compete effectively in the workplace.
Crawford’s unique offering includes flexible, individualised timetabling which allows students to choose a wide range of subjects, including studies such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain education in technology.
“This is the first school outside South Africa. We see a huge potential in Kenya, with the government keen on quality education and growing middle class that are looking at giving their children high quality education,” ADvTECH Group Chief Executive Roy Douglas told Capital FM Business during the launch of the school on Friday.
The school has about 180 students since it opened its gates four months ago.
“We now plan to increase investments in expanding and equipping our existing schools in the country so they can accommodate more students that include Makini Schools,” he said.
ADvTECH Group acquired Makini Schools last year in a joint venture with Schole Limited, a UK-based and Caerus Capital but holds a majority stake.
ADvTECH has over 100 schools in South Africa and Botswana.
Last year, Centum Investments also opened its first international school through a partnership with Sabis Education Network.
The campus has a capacity to admit 2,000 students.
Centum plans to launch 20 educational centres across Africa in partnership with Sabis.