Materi believes in a holistic approach to education. We believe that a young girl learns from her total experiences within the school setting. As such, we attempt to address the religious, academic, social, psychological, physical and cultural development of that lady, this being done through the school’s programmes, courses of study and policies.
We aim to stress strong ecumenical Christian values, an orderly and friendly disciplined atmosphere, a personal approach to education in league with the family, and a firm commitment to academic excellence.
As the first girls’ secondary in Tharaka, we believe in gender balance. We strive at equality education and life-sustaining skills relevant to the needs of society and a woman’s future calling to be a wife and mother. This we do for employment, including self-employment, in an increasingly competitive environment.
We put great emphasis on guidance and counseling at individual and group levels. We want students to feel free to share their problems and concerns. Guidance personnel seek to assist students in making realistic decisions regarding post-secondary educational and career choices.
Finally, we realize that sound financial management is an important responsibility owed to those we serve. Social justice demands both that faculty and staff members receive an adequate salary and that the school remains accessible to a broad spectrum of students regardless of social, economic or tribal/religious status. These two social justice obligations, therefore, affect the manner in which financial operations within Materi are handled. Given that the Centre is private and presently not receiving Government support, we must use our limited funds to reflect the priorities of our philosophy and mission in life.