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Coordinates: 0°00′01″S 34°36′21″E -0.0001395, 34.6056998


Maseno School

  • Address: Kisumu - Busia Road, Maseno, Nyanza, Kenya
  • Phone: 0713715956, 0738934812
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Maseno School is one of the oldest schools in Kenya. It was established in 1906 by the Missionaries of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) as a school for the children of African chiefs. The first administrator of the school was Rev. James Jamieson Willis fondly remembered as J.J Willis. [1]

In 1905, Willis was sent to explore the Kavirondo or lake region of Kenya as a prospective place for the establishment of a mission. After touring the area Willis pitched tent under a Hickory tree (carya ovalis) known in the local languages as oseno (Luo) and omseno (Luhya). That particular place was proposed to be the site of the new mission and in 1906, a chapel, the Rock of Ages, later known as St. Pauls Chapel was built next to the tree. The place became known as Maseno and in 1906 the Missionaries established Maseno School. The first students were six sons of African chiefs. The establishment of the school in the area attracted youthful boys from all over Western Kenya. Besides reading and writing, students were taught various skills such as carpentry, tailoring, printing, building, telegraphy and clerical work. Teacher training was introduced in 1920 to train teachers who would in turn teach new students. Those who studied at the school were tested at the end of their courses and awarded certificates. [1]

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