Kabianga School: Pioneering a Human Rights-Friendly Environment

By Janet Jerop

We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Kabianga School, a remarkable institution located in Kericho County that has been championing a human rights-friendly environment since the arrival of Madam Jerop in 2017. Kabianga School’s human rights club achievements are commendable. Through their collective efforts, they are transforming their immediate environment and making a significant impact beyond their school walls. Their commitment to promoting and protecting human rights serves as an inspiration to all. 

Over the years, Kabianga School has achieved numerous milestones in its journey towards fostering an inclusive and rights-based atmosphere for its students. In 2022, Young William was selected to join the Amnesty International Global Children and Youth Steering Group. The highlight of Kabianga’s journey took place in April when Kabianga School had the privilege of engaging with students from Liceo Giuseppe Berto School in Mogliano Veneto, Italy. In a first of its kind under the Human Rights Friendly Schools, Mariallena and Jerop brought their young minds together over several online meetings, exploring various thought-provoking topics. 

These sessions provided a platform for students to share perspectives, exchange ideas, and broaden their understanding of human rights issues on a global scale. The young minds held big discussions and exchanged views on school and state comparisons, gender differences and how they manifest in their different societies, current affairs such as the war in Ukraine and China’s strong influence, digital rights in the digital space, and club activities. 

Kabianga School Unwavering Commitment

As a result of their unwavering commitment, Kabianga School’s human rights club has flourished, attracting a membership of 123 dedicated individuals. Among them, 22 have already graduated from Kabianga School and are actively involved in various university chapters, including Catholic University, Maseno, Chiromo and University of Nairobi, carrying forward the torch of human rights advocacy. 

Looking ahead, Kabianga School’s human rights club continues to strive for even greater accomplishments. With an ever-growing membership base and a steadfast vision, the club is poised to make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals and communities. 

We applaud the human rights club for their remarkable dedication and unwavering passion. They exemplify the spirit of youth activism and are a testament to the power of education in shaping a brighter, more just future. 

Together, let us celebrate Kabianga School’s efforts in creating a human rights-friendly environment and extend our support in their ongoing endeavours.

Janet Jerop is Kabianga’s School Club Patron and a Member of Amnesty Kenya. She writes in her own capacity.