In early January 2016, leaders from SABIS®, Investbridge Capital (IBC), and Centum Investment Limited (Centum), the parties that make up the ACE consortium, met at SABIS® headquarters in Adma, Lebanon, to firm up plans for the SABIS® International School – Nairobi. The meeting in Lebanon was the first time ACE members came together since July 2015, when they officially announced their partnership and revealed plans to open schools in East Africa, starting in Kenya.
In two days of meetings in Lebanon, ACE leaders identified the steps necessary to realize their partnership and outlined plans to establish the SABIS® International School – Nairobi in Kenya in September 2017. The new school in Kenya will join the global SABIS® Network of schools and offer a top-quality, college preparatory education to local and international students. The purpose-built school campus will be housed on approximately 70,000 square meters of land and feature state-of-the-art facilities. In its initial stage, the school will welcome students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 and add an additional grade level in each subsequent year of operation.
Both IBC and Centum are looking forward to working with SABIS® to bring high-quality education to Africa. Mark DeSario, CEO of IBC, said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with SABIS® to bring their world-class education platform into Africa. We share SABIS®’s vision that every child in the world has the potential to achieve greatness and deserves the best possible education. We see tremendous potential […] to succeed across the African continent, and we strongly believe that SABIS®’s education system and proprietary content production coupled with the student led organization is second-to-none in preparing young people for opportunities in the future."
James Mworia, CEO of Centum, is equally pleased with the partnership. “Centum’s partnership with IBC and SABIS® translates our vision of becoming active sponsors in the education space into reality, a sector that represents basic needs for the growing population in the East African region and beyond. The opportunity to partner with SABIS® to develop schools across sub-Saharan Africa so as to help students achieve their fullest potential excites us. We believe by leveraging SABIS®’s innovative proprietary curriculum, cutting-edge information technology platform, and a non-selective admissions policy will be transformative to Africa’s most valuable asset, one child at a time.”