The South Africa-based company has acquired land in Nairobi’s upcoming 5,000 acre special economic zone known as Tatu City, where it plans to set up a school under its Crawford International Schools brand. The school will cater for kindergarten to A-level pupils, and will include boarding facilities for senior students.
“ADvTECH is rapidly growing its African footprint, both in the private school and private university sectors”
The school will be part of a modern mega city with facilities to house over 150,000 people, shopping complexes, offices, sports, schools and health amenities in what is set to be one of Africa’s biggest real estate developments.
“The move is part of the company’s Africa expansion strategy, and further consolidates its position as the largest private education provider on the continent, with institutions ranging from nursery schools to private universities,” said a statement by the group.
“ADvTECH is rapidly growing its African footprint, both in the private school and private university sectors across Africa, and is delighted to find a home at Tatu City,” head of International Development, Jaco Lotz said.
The company runs 90 schools in South Africa and Botswana, but the move to open a school targeting the elite in Nairobi’s political, business and diplomatic circles, is its first venture into Kenya.
The company currently has 27,000 learners enrolled across all its campuses under seven brands including Capsicum Culinary Studio, Varsity College, Rosebank College and ADvTECH Academies.
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed firm also owns nine tertiary education brands, including the University of Africa, which among others offers degree programs through open, distance and e-Learning mode, to students from different countries in Africa.
There are already established international schools operating in Nairobi including Braeburn Schools, Hillcrest International School, GEM Cambridge International School, the Aga Khan Academy, Svenska Skolan i Nairobi and Peponi School, owned by the family of president Uhuru Kenyatta, among others.