Kianda Foundation opened Kianda School as a result of numerous requests from past students of Kianda College. The Foundation aims at promoting the educational, professional, cultural and spiritual welfare of women in Kenya. It achieves this aim through the establishment and management of schools, colleges, and training centres for both women and girls, thus promoting their general education. Kianda School is one of the projects of the Foundation.
The School started in 1977 with 40 students, and now has a capacity for 900. It is a day school for girls with a Primary and Secondary section. The School has ranked among the top 10 schools in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. The School fosters a close working relationship between parents, teachers and students. Special courses on parenting enrich this relationship.
Bursaries are granted to academically outstanding children whose parents cannot afford the school fees.
In line with the school motto, ‘In Opere et Veritate’ (In deed and truth), Kianda School strives to produce hard working and responsible young ladies who try to achieve excellence in all fields of their development.
The education given at Kianda embraces the three fundamental areas of a person’s development: The intellectual, the spiritual and the human. The spiritual and doctrinal formation of the students and staff is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.
Opus Dei is a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church founded by St. Josemaria Escriva. Its mission is to help people turn their work and daily activities into occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others and for improving society.
In the Founder’s own words, Opus Dei’s main aim is: “…Opus Dei’s only aim has been what I have just described: to contribute to there being in the midst of the world men and women of every race and social condition who try to love and serve God and their fellow man in and through their everyday work. Since the foundation of the Work in 1928, my teaching has been that sanctity is not reserved for a privileged few. All the ways of the earth, every state in life, every profession, every honest task can be divine…..The message of Opus Dei is that, under all circumstances any honest work can be sanctified.”
Conversations with Msgr Escriva “Why Opus Dei?” No. 26