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The struggle to reopen a girls’ school against insurmountable odds.
“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” - Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey (1872-1927), preeminent Ghanaian scholar, educator and missionary.
Hukarere in Napier has been known by a few names. When she was started in 1875 she was the Hukarere Native School for Girls, then became Hukarere Girls’ School. After 1969 she became Hukarere Hostel. During the time of this story we knew her simply as Hukarere; we thought the simplicity quite elegant. Now in her new phase she is known as Hukarere Girls’ College.
Hukarere’s struggle for survival has for decades been a struggle against male dominance. In 1969 her school was closed to ensure the survival of Te Aute College. Again in 1991 her hostel was closed to ensure the survival of Te Aute College. In both cases it was Te Aute that was in financial crisis and losing money, not Hukarere. However Hukarere triumphed against the odds and in 1993 she was reopened and rededicated as a full school with a boarding option.[here]