On April 3, 2024, Compassion International Kenya celebrated the remarkable achievements of its students at the Education Day Awards Ceremony. This event recognized the top students’ academic excellence in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. The ceremony was attended by our Frontline Church Partners (FCPs), Church Development Workers (CDWs), parents, youth, and Compassion staff members.

The event began with a vibrant praise and worship session led by the Compassion worship team, setting a joyous tone for the day. The Compassion participants’ results from the 2023 KCPE and KCSE exams. This year, 3,740 students participated in the KCSE, with 1,333 achieving grades above C+, qualifying for direct university entry. Among the KCPE candidates, 19 students scored over 400 marks, showcasing significant improvement compared to 2022. These results reflect the growing impact of Compassion’s educational support, inspiring hope for a future where these students will contribute positively to the economy.

Top KCSE and KCPE performers were awarded monetary gifts to honor their achievements. KCPE students received KES 30,000 each, KCSE students received KES 50,000 each, and the top-performing FCPs were awarded KES 100,000. In addition to these awards, the students had the opportunity to receive mentorship, Compassion Leadership, and a special guest from Rotary International Kenya.

The Senior Manager of the Partnership shared an inspiring Bible verse from Proverbs 6:10, emphasizing the importance of hard work: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” The National Director advised the youth to stay focused and avoid distractions, warning that “the warmer the blanket, the colder the future.” He encouraged them to seize this time to pursue education diligently.

Education is fundamental as it provides stability, enriches lives, and fosters growth through knowledge. Compassion International Kenya takes education seriously because it teaches the value of hard work and the importance of shaping a better society by understanding and respecting rights, laws, and regulations. As the Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Gaining knowledge sharpens our skills in reasoning and problem-solving. By providing educational opportunities, Compassion helps to eradicate poverty, enabling participants to become self-sufficient and, ultimately, releasing them from poverty in Jesus’ name.

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