GRAIN OF RICE ACADEMY

nurturing creative, critical thinkers

Grain of Rice Academy

This is a one-of-a-kind school in a rural community outside of Nanyuku in northern Kenya. Teaching is delivered with a passion for building students who love to learn, solve problems creatively, and care for their world.

It’s a remarkable environment that is filled with the beauty and strength of those who are overcomers.

Grain of Rice Academy is a primary (elementary school) that currently serves 70 students ranging in age from preschool to grade 8.

Grain of Rice Academy

Grain of Rice Academy is a primary (elementary school) serving 190 students from preschool to grade 8. Just under half of our students were formerly part of the Grain of Rice Kids Program, which was based in Kibera for seven years. These students transitioned to the new location and are now boarded on-site, returning home on school breaks. Grain of Rice Academy seeks to provide high-quality, literacy-based education that is hands-on and infused with the arts.

They are integrating these principles with the new Competency-Based Curriculum being implemented in Kenya. On a typical week, students can participate in STEM activities, play the recorder, create paintings and sculptures, read in the classroom libraries, and participate in guided reading groups.

Their goal is to help children become problem solvers and leaders in their communities.

This is a one-of-a-kind school in a rural community outside of Nanyuku in northern Kenya. Teaching is delivered with a passion for building students who love to learn, solve problems creatively, and care for their world.

It’s a remarkable environment that is filled with the beauty and strength of those who are overcomers.

Our Purpose
Quality education is hard to come by in Kenya unless you have a lot of money. That’s why we built and opened Grain of Rice Academy, which provides equality for all students (poor or rich) and provides quality, hands-on education. Our team has worked with educators, professors, and experts to develop a literacy-based curriculum infused with STEM and the arts.

Amy Back

Grain of Rice founder

Amy Back is the co-founder of Grain of Rice Project and Grain of Rice Academy. She first came to Kenya in 2008, where she had the experience of living and serving with a Kenyan family for 8 months. After many more trips back to Kenya and 10 years working as an art teacher in the U.S., Amy eventually moved full time to Kenya in 2021 to launch Grain of Rice Academy. She believes in partnering alongside Kenyans to train and develop educational programs that empower students to become leaders in their communities. In her free time, Amy loves to travel, drink great coffee, try new food, and make art.

Mission

Grain of Rice Academy equips students to be future leaders by providing hands-on learning experiences focused on literacy and the arts within a Christian context.

Vision

We strive to be a school that nurtures creative, critical thinkers and provides a high quality, cross-curricular education in an equitable environment for all students.  No matter their background, we will support students within a Christian context to establish them as future leaders and global citizens.

 

 

 

update 2023

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In the past, Just One Africa has provided emergency operational support while their US board was being set up.  Just One Africa will continue our water filter distributions in partnership with Valley Light Home.