Maji Yaje Kwanza (“Water Is The First Of Many Things”): A Strauss Scholarship Recipient’s Life-Changing Experiences In Kenya

November 17, 2022

When Ashley Miller (’15, Interdisciplinary Studies) transferred to UC Berkeley as a junior in Fall 2012, she had two goals in mind: to study abroad (despite the tight timeline) and to go somewhere entirely different than anywhere she had been before. She chose Kenya. With funding from UC Berkeley’s Miller Scholars program, she planned to research the effects of Kenya’s 2003 free primary education policy. Unfortunately, a national teachers’ strike in 2013 made interviewing teachers and families difficult. As a result, she spent more time, on and off campus, befriending the Kenyan students involved with her program at Kenyatta University, and a remarkable story unfolded.

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