Who Are We?
Jaffery Academy Mombasa, the hub of Empowering Minds and Building Confidence. An international school located in Mombasa, Kenya.
The 21st Century learner thrives in a center of learning where the mind is empowered, hands-on skills are enhanced, interpersonal interactions are nourished, and technology is utilized to gain and retain a global outlook.
Jaffery Academy Mombasa provides a conducive environment for learning characterized by the aforementioned features fit for the 21st century learner through engaging classroom activities, outdoor lessons and extra–curricular activities. This encourages exploration and discovery thus building competence and confidence.
Our school is a hub of inquiry, innovation and expression of great learning. We aspire to give our learners an education rich in wonder and memorable experiences. This ensures we develop children to become happy and healthy individuals–cum–global–citizens ready to succeed in an ever–changing world.
The year when the KSI Jamaat first established a school in the rooms adjoining their mosque premises in the Old Town. The school’s primary goal was to teach the Holy Qurán as well as impart religious teachings to children of both genders. In later years, vernacular education was started.
It was not until this year, that the community decided to introduce proper elementary classes.
An application for government aid was made.
The school was officially recognised by the Government Education Department as a Grant-in-Aid School, with a grant in the sum of £140 given to the school.
Due to the limited accommodation and space at Old Town, children were taught up to Standard V, thereafter students were sent to various government and private schools. They included, but were not limited to, the White Sister’s Covenant and the Goan High School. Despite the minor setback, the community strived to ensure that they would eventually accommodate a full primary education to the children in the near future.
Keeping their vision in mind, and through perseverance, it wasn’t until 17th December 1951 when the foundation stone of the current Alibhai Panju building located on a beautiful two-acre plot in Kizingo was finally laid by the Honourable Mr. E. A. Vasey, then Member for Finance. A government contribution of £17,250 was made to the total cost of £45,000 that was required for construction, assembly hall, and furniture.
The main donor, the Late Mr. Alibhai Panju contributed £7,500, and thus the building was named in his honor as the Alibhai Panju Khoja Shiá Ithnaásheri School.
In the initial years, the question of having all members of the staff properly qualified and trained was difficult, but under the able control of a trained graduate Principal, Mr. K A Siddiqui, the school remained in satisfactory position, which only improved as time went on. Progress was certainly made. The Ithnaásheri Education Board was established by the community and the school was regularly inspected by the inspectors of the Education Department.
At the beginning of the establishment of the school in1954, the total attendance on the roll was 109 boys and 93 girls and the underage children of the baby classes were 52. Sewing classes had 40 pupils. The building could accommodate 480 pupils, with boys on the ground floor and girls on the upper floor. It was estimated that by 1960 it would be filled to capacity. The foundation of the building was made to carry 3 storeys, and with two floors already built, an additional floor could be constructed in the event more classrooms were required.
We cannot forget our past leaders: the Late Mr. Abdullah Kanji and the Late Valimohammed Ladha, who along with other leading members took a very keen interest in the education of our children, their initiative and forethought and with the co-operation of other wealthy members of the community, it was possible to raise sufficient money for this school.