History made as first Orma girl admitted to prestigious Alliance Girls

Amina, a fourth born in a family of six girls says she wants to train as commercial pilot.

It was dream come true for 13 year old, Amina Galgallo Omar after she received admission letter from Alliance Girls School based at Kikuyu town, Kiambu County, effectively becoming the first Orma girl to study at such a prestigious secondary school in the country.

Amina who 384/500 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education was initially disappointed with her performance and even begged her parents to allow her repeat in order to attain her desired 400 marks.

"She cried for a whole day when the results came out. She was the top candidate with 420 marks in Tana River zonal mock exams and had expected to score at least 400 marks in the final test," said Mrs Ramadhani who spoke to a local daily.

Her mother, Ramadhani Jilo Guyo said her daughter was stressed following announcement by the Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i that all candidates who 400 marks and above would be the only ones admitted to top national schools in the country therefore her daughter feared she would not make it and admitted to her dream school, Alliance Girls.

Alliance Girls School was founded in 1948 by the Alliance of Protestant Missions, Alliance Girls’ High School and was the first institution of higher education for African girls in Kenya.

Amina, a fourth born in a family of six girls says she wants to train as commercial pilot and work in the aviation industry locally and abroad in the future.

"I grew up in the village seeing aeroplanes passing in the sky. I said to myself that one day, I will fly one such plane," she said.

The Orma people are an ethnic community found in eastern Kenya, mostly along the lower Tana River.

They keep cattle’s for economic well stay and practice nomadic lifestyle, the community has a population of less than 100,000 people in the country.

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