International Village School

It's not just another secondary school
Most schools in rural areas are not able to offer a high level of education. In some schools the ratio of textbooks is one book for every ten pupils. Sometimes the teacher has the only textbook and the required syllabus is not always completed in the year. In all government schools, textbooks must remain on school premises and are not allowed to be taken home for studying.

A fees subsidy was introduced in 2008 in Kenya for secondary schools with classes between 40 and 45 students. However, fees still remain beyond the means of many rural Kenyans. Secondary school fees in Western Kenya plus the cost of books, meals, uniforms and other school charges still regularly exceed $400 a year and sometimes more than $700. When 80% of families in some villages are trying to survive on less than a dollar a day, it is impossible for them to educate their children beyond primary school without assistance.

High academic results
ConnectSwiss opened their own mixed secondary day school in 2008 for high-performing but needy students. The school follows the Kenyan curriculum but has international standards. In 2013, it has 95 pupils. The school's senior class (Form 4) came second in the district in National exams in 2012 and the school is ranked 67th out of all private schools in Kenya - a remarkable achievement for a day school catering for poor rural students.

International Village School is not just another High School it is a unique school which targets very poor but high performing students who would otherwise be unable to attend secondary school.  More than 50% of our students attend completely free; the rest pay reduced fees.

At International Village School, each student has their own textbooks
At the International Village School, every student has their own textbook in every subject. The school focuses its resources on providing the necessary learning environment and tools for the best possible performance of every student. This is also why students get a free cup of porridge early in the morning as well as a substantial lunch so that no one is running on an empty stomach.

Extra curricular activities including films, books and sports combine to make this village school a unique learning opportunity for rural teenagers.


2013 Funding Needs


"Education is the only key."
- Synydah, a student who has only one parent and lives in poor conditions 
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National Exam results (KCSE)
  2011 2012
Pass rate 100% 100%
Mean score 67% 67%
Ranked in district 2nd 2nd
Ranked in county 5th 6th
Proportion of students with B+ or above 63% 57%

International Village School is based in Emuhaya, Vihiga County