Welcome to Tirrim Christian Schools

Christian schools for children of camel nomads.

Welcome to Tirrim Christian Schools

Christian schools for children of camel nomads.

Welcome to Tirrim Christian Schools

Christian schools for children of camel nomads.

FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Why not let the government run the schools?
Most government-run schools in the north are not well staffed or provided for.  These schools have been neglected in many ways.   Also, if the government runs the schools, they will no longer be Christian schools.  The government hires the teachers and this means that there is no guarantee that Christian teachers will be leading the school.  Thus the main purpose of the school has been destroyed.
Why can’t the students pay all that is required?
When students go to the government schools, prices are subsidized.  The government covers teacher salaries and food, but a private school must cover all this.  Thus, Tirrim schools would need to charge 3 to 4 times the government school costs to be able to run.   Many northern Kenyans struggle to find the fees needed for the government schools.  High school education is not free in Kenya.  Tirrim has enabled many students to go through high school and would like to continue to provide this opportunity to the poor.  Tirrim does not see itself being a school for the very rich and elite.  Elementary education is free in Kenya, so having primary school students pay high fees to attend the Christian school when other schools are free, is a burden most Rendille cannot carry or even think about.
Is it feasible that the schools could become self sustaining in the next years?
There has been some positive activity recently amongst the Rendille people.  The various clan groups have been getting together and doing fund raisers creating education funds for their children.  This is a recent phenomenon that is already helping many.  As time goes on and more graduate and find employment and see the value of education, hopefully, they would be willing and eager to help promote Tirrim schools as these schools helped them.  There is hope, but no promise or guarantee.
Why does the church want schools?
Kenyans are interested in education.  It is a felt need in most every community of Kenya.  Northern Kenya does not have a good education system in place.  The KCSE and KCPE results are known to be the lowest in northern Kenya.  The schools are not run well and the “good” teachers do not like being sent to these hardship areas.  Schools fill a deep need in people’s hearts. The church wants to not only provide high quality education but also schools that help students learn about Jesus and how to follow Him.  These are two big needs in the schools of northern Kenya.
What’s wrong with the public schools?
The nearest high school to Korr is the worst school in the county.  Tirrim primary school has been either top or 2nd in the county for years.  The schools in northern Kenya are underfunded and often poorly run. Public schools do not teach the Bible.  Students do not learn the Life-giving words necessary for a successful life on earth or for eternity with God.