In School and at Home — Dignitas supports Kenyan students’ education amid school closures resulting from the pandemic

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Problem Statement

On the eastern side of Nairobi, in Kenya’s capital city, lies the Mathare Valley Slum. In this high-density settlement, overpopulation is a severe issue as there are only three government-run primary schools that could not adequately accommodate the 150,000 school-aged children

Dignitas Solution

In response to the growing concerns of Mathare Valley’s failing education system, community members established several low-cost private schools. However, due to a lack of teacher training these schools continued to struggle. This is where Dignitas comes in — they coach and train educators to empower them to transform their schools, and by extension, their communities. Since 2011, Dignitas has worked with a total of 186 schools and more than 1,000 school leaders and teachers.

Team4Tech Dignitas Impact Goals

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.  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.

 

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