In School and at Home — Dignitas supports Kenyan students’ education amid school closures resulting from the pandemic
Overpopulation, disease, and violence are three issues that affect the hundreds of thousands of individuals living in the Mathare Valley, Nairobi. Of these people, over 150,000 are school-aged children, including Jean, a girl with dreams to be a banker. But the area has only three overcrowded government primary schools.
Empowering Teachers Through Partnering with Local Schools
The people within the community recognized that the education system was failing, so they started several low cost private schools. However, these schools struggled due to a lack of trained leaders and teachers. This is where Dignitas comes in — they coach and train educators to empower them to transform their schools, and by extension, their communities. Because of their work, children like Jean are able to access the education that they deserve and develop the skills for a brighter future.
Since 2011, Dignitas has worked with a total of 186 schools and more than 1,000 school leaders and teachers.
After schools closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Team4Tech worked with Dignitas to help design a pilot program to equip, empower, and support teachers with the transition from in-person to online learning with digital training and coaching tools. The program has supported more than 60 “Leaders of Learning”, enabling more than 3,000 learners like Jean to keep learning despite school closures. As part of the pilot, Dignitas was able to provide over 20 virtual professional development sessions to educators from April to August 2020, with 98% of participants reporting they gained new competencies.
Continuing in partnership with Team4Tech, Dignitas will work to utilize technology to increase the impact by widening their reach to new communities as well as deepening the resources they have available for the schools and communities they are already working with.
In the next year, with help from Team4Tech, Dignitas will also continue their work on their digital learning management system (LMS) platform to increase user engagement and launch an earned revenue stream from the platform so they can continue to grow it as a tool for educators.