The name ‘Maru-a-Pula’ means ‘clouds of rain’, or ‘promises of blessings’, in Setswana. Never has a school been more aptly named.
Launching Africa’s Leaders
Maru-a-Pula (MaP) is a world-class school rooted in Botswana. Our purpose is to nurture servant leaders who are deeply committed to helping their communities. Founded in 1972, MaP is a co-ed, independent day & boarding secondary school with a reputation as one of Africa’s premier academic institutions.
Located on a beautiful campus in the capital city of Gaborone, MaP offers rigorous preparation for the Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A-Level examinations, preparing students for entry to highly selective universities worldwide.
World Class Academic Achievements
Our outstanding results position MaP as one of Africa’s top schools. In 2016, 58.5% of MaP students earned either an A* or an A at A-Level. You can download the IGCSE results poster here and A-Level results poster here, and download a breakdown of MaP’s results over a ten-year period here.
Recent highlights include :
• A record 23 students gained at least 3 As at A-Level • 90 students gained university places in 2016, with more than a third making Europe the most popular destination • 26 students started at Russel Group Universities in the UK, and fourteen students are studying in universities in the US including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, and Dartmouth (many of these students are on full or partial scholarships).
• MaP offers generous financial aid to selected, academically capable, citizens. In a critically-needed initiative, MaP hosts 27 orphans and vulnerable children on full scholarships in 2017. • Every year, outstanding Form 5 students are selected to attend top American private schools on full scholarships. • In partnership with the Ministry of Education, most of the nation’s Top Achievers attend and are fully supported in their A-Level studies at MaP.
A Global Community With Global Reach
MaP students are typically ambitious and eager to make a difference in the world. Our 2017 enrollment is a record 767 students :
• Approximately two-thirds are Batswana (citizens of Botswana) • Roughly 270 are expatriates from 35 different nationalities • Our students enjoy exchanges with more than 20 schools in the USA, UK, China, Japan, Switzerland, France and Australia
A Tradition of Service
Our 44-year tradition of community service is unparalleled for a secondary school. Our students are encouraged to develop deep and sustained service partnerships with residents in Gabane, Gaborone and further afield. Students choose from more than 35 different weekly opportunities to make a hands-on difference. By teaching in a village primary school, feeding destitute families in the township of Old Naledi, working with orphans or visiting the children’s ward of a hospital, MaP students are often learning more powerful lessons than those taught in classroom settings.
Every year, six exceptional Harvard undergraduates mentor MaP students for eight weeks in June and July. Four Princeton in Africa Teaching Fellows work with our students for a full year.
Top-Tier University Placements
Five MaP graduates currently attend the USA’s top-ranked Stanford University; two are at the UK’s top-ranked University of Cambridge, seven are at the London School of Economics and more than a dozen are at the University of Cape Town.
Amazing Marimbas & Creative Arts
Marimbas are an essential feature of MaP life, but they are just the most visible and audible of the many creative arts which are nurtured and celebrated here at our nationally famous Maitisong theatre.
Outstanding Sports and Enrichment Activities
From basketball and karate to chess and debating, MaP students excel in local, regional and global competitions. In recent years, MaP has fielded national champion teams in netball, basketball and rugby. Our top athletes have represented Botswana in African and Olympic games.
Click here to download the book ‘Maru-a-Pula : Celebrating 40 Years’
Maru-a-Pula is still a young school. In 1972, the President of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, actively encouraged the creation of a nonracial school. Deane Yates, previously Headmaster of St. John’s College in Johannesburg, R.S.A., was the founding Headmaster, and worked with the gracious gift of 20 hectares from the government of Botswana to establish Maru-a Pula, then in the bush on the outskirts of town. One of the first members of Yates’s staff was David Matthews, who succeeded him in 1981. The third Principal, Malcolm McKenzie, who took over in 1991, was a Rhodes Scholar from Cape Town, R.S.A.
Unlike many international schools, MaP deliberately enrols a high percentage of local citizens : currently 65% are Batswana. Maru-a-Pula has a School Council, which is ultimately responsible for the general policy and financial management of the School. The Principal, who is a member of the Council, directs the School on a day-to-day basis.
Past and Present Principals of MaP
• Deane Yates (Founding – 1980) • David Matthews (1981 – 1990) • Malcolm McKenzie (1990 – 1999) • Neil Smooker (1999 – 2000) • Garth Grierson (2001 – 2003) • Alan Wilson (Acting, 2003 – 2004) • Andrew Taylor (2004 – Present)