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What is a finishing school?

The original old-fashioned Finishing School was a school for young women of affluent descent that taught social graces and etiquette. Few educational opportunities were available for women in the 1900s but the education that they received at a Finishing School gave them a higher social status, making them more attractive marriage partners for affluent men. Women spent much of their time learning appropriate manners and etiquette for every social situation imaginable. They underwent extensive training to learn how to entertain their husband’s business and social contacts to advance his career. They were taught table manners, how to shake hands, and how to make polite conversation in company and were even made to walk up and down stairs whilst balancing books on their heads in order to improve their posture. Standing up tall and not slouching was considered an important etiquette skill. They were also taught how to write a polite Thank You note, using immaculate spelling and grammar and on which occasions they should send one. Surprisingly, a Finishing School of the past and the subjects taught, share some common features with today’s highly in-demand skills. At Shiqara Finishing School we are bringing back the tradition only this time in an accessible, contemporary and modular format.

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Why should you develop your social skills?

Shiqara Finishing School is the best choice for all things social etiquette because we provide you with the tools you need to conquer the anxiety so that you can focus on the matters at hand while feeling poised, polished and powerful in every situation. We will ensure you learn to project confidence, elegance and charismatic leadership through your movements by reinforcing proper posture and body language. You will discover social etiquette tips and tactics for graceful standing, walking, sitting and gesturing as well as professional tips to add presence and style to your daily routine. We are the best choice in Africa for social etiquette because we will give you the skills and knowledge to sail through any social situation with ease, safe in the knowledge that you are being the best version of yourself. We will teach you correct pronunciation and give you all the tools you need to thrive in the real world.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help you develop important social etiquette skills that will support both your private and professional lives, refining you into an elegant lady or confident business executive that will help you achieve your social endeavors, seek overseas investors, or make an impression at a job or university interview. In today’s increasingly global society, international social etiquette is an essential resource that often determines who becomes a leader, and who gets left behind. We could say the Adult Social Etiquette course is your passport to feeling at ease in any situation.

Our Tutor

Shikha Choda

SHIQARA Finishing School is founded by Shikha Choda, a multidisciplinary and international teacher, who has travelled, lived and worked in Europe, Asia, UAE and the Caribbean and launched Shiqara Finishing School in Nairobi, to continue her role as a teacher and mentor and to share her love for life and her passion for beauty.  Her areas of expertise include leadership, personal branding, image impact, executive presence, business and social etiquette, manners, ambassadorship skills, media coaching and magnetic communication skills. She fosters a student-centered approach, creating a nurturing environment where every student can thrive. Through her collaborative leadership style and strong community engagement, Ms.Choda will ensure that Shiqara Finishing School remains a place of excellence, empowering students to reach their full potential.

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