Our desire is to see nations, our nation, transformed through Godly families. Our vision for Almasi School is to come alongside parents who desire to give their sons and daughters not only a solid academic foundation but also a rich legacy of faith, character, and a passionate commitment to influence their world: powerfully, purposefully, and positively
Simon & Sophia Mbevi
The visionary behind Almasi International Christian School (AICS) is Sophia Musyoka. Sophia is a trained graduate teacher with a BED Arts degree from Kenyatta University and MA in Leadership (Education) from Pan Africa Christian University. She is currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Leadership and Administration at the Africa International University. While pursuing undergraduate studies, Sophia experienced the impact of inadequate preparation to face the world of employment. As a result of a combination of several factors - inadequate facilities, uncommitted faculty members, unavailable learning materials, she felt half – baked and ill prepared to teach at secondary school level. Her first employer was the government: as a Language and Literature teacher in rural Machakos. There she experienced the reality of educational inequalities - at the time there was no text book available at her work station – neither a pupil’s work book nor the teacher’s guide. Furthermore, the final year class she was assigned to teach had not even covered the previous year’s course work. After two school terms of hard work - trying to cover two years’ worth of course work, her final year class achieved a mean grade of “D” in English, a below-average grade but which was none the less celebrated because it was a great improvement from previous years’ results. It was obvious that the students who studied in that school had no chance at competing with their counterparts in better equipped schools. The same criteria had been used to judge their performance yet they grappled with such a difficult educational setting. To say that it was unfair was simply an understatement. The reality of the gaps existent in the national curriculum birthed a desire and search for an alternative educational offering. It was then that she was introduced to the Accelerated Christian Education Curriculum. The attraction on this ACE system was the fact that there was intentional focus on the individual child, to the end that the child would set up to complete their schooling years having acquired true education – credible academic credentials, solid foundation of faith, strength of character and ability to be a global citizen. Convinced that she had found the right solution, she first served at two of the first ACE schools in various teaching and leadership capacities, and enrolled her young children in the ACE system.
From private school she got into church ministry and was involved in marriage and family counselling. There, she realized that many people who came for counselling could trace their story of brokenness to childhood. Children need to be molded well to prevent the issues that cause them to end up in counselling. Later, she and her family moved to Athiriver from Nairobi and they found that the area had only one small school offering the ACE curriculum. With her background as a teacher coupled with the awareness of the gaps in the education sector, she, with the support of her husband, rallied together seven families to start Almasi School. Three came on board as funders of the vision and pioneer families in the school and the others simply believed in the vision and enrolled their children in the school. On Wednesday, 18th January 2012 AICS, then simply known as Almasi School, opened her doors to the business of transforming the lives of young men and women into responsible, successful adults. That initial group comprised of seven students from three families, (two of them Sophia’s children), one teacher, a teacher’s assistant, a cook. Sophia was in charge of the academics and also managed the day to day operations. To date, Almasi has a student population of 110, from Kindergarten to High School, in the age range of 3 – 18 years. We have graduated three students at high school level. Covenant, who was the first and oldest student at inception (Grade 6, 11 years) has graduated. Peninah, joined AICS from another school in 2013 and graduated 2014. She has since completed her Bachelor of Music studies from Daystar University. In the eight years that the school has been in existence, AICS has served over 150 students. Her highlight has been seeing the children transformed through the school. The ideal AICS graduate is one who, over and above academic achievement, has been trained to uphold high personal moral standards, be a self-starter and global citizen.
Almasi School seeks to collaborate with Christian parents and other strategic stakeholders across East Africa in providing a first-class, faith based, valuable, wholesome educational experience and transformational life training for each student.
Almasi School exists to sustainably nurture a generation of young leaders with credible and excellent academic credentials, and a solid legacy of Christian faith, who aspire to positively impact their communities.
Raising Global Citizens with Outstanding, Credible, Academic Credentials
Imparting Rock-Solid Moral Values embedded in Scriptural truths
Building Self-Starter, Responsible Future Young Adults