Education  Kenya Project #42211

Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children

by Dignitas Project
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Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
Provide Quality Education to 900 Kenyan Children
When schools closed in March 2020, our amazing team immediately invested their combined passion, expertise, and experience into finding solutions for our school partners including teachers, learners and their families.  Leaders of Learning was designed to equip 560 school leaders to keep 10,773 children safe & learning and we are excited to share our midline Report with you for your perusal.
The report shares that, as a result of our support, 
  • 98% of our school leaders report having gained new competencies 
  • 97% of parents are now equipped to support learning at home
  • 94% of households now have a routine that schedules time for daily learning
  • Parents are spending more time supporting their children's learning, and in turn, children are spending more time studying
  • Anxiety levels amongst parents and children have dropped.
  • Provision of learning resources have curbed learning losses, with student performance in literacy and numeracy remaining steady
We are super excited by these results, and the report highlights lessons learned that we intend to apply in 2021 to keep children learning, keep parents engaged in supporting their learning, and to continue to strengthen the capacity of teachers and school leaders.  
With the start of a new year, children in Kenya are returning to school this January.  Whilst there is some anxiety, most families are excited to see schools reopened.  Dignitas is actively supporting schools to reopen safely, and supporting school leaders to help bridge learning and well-being gaps so that all children can thrive and succeed in 2021.
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Dignitas exists to ensure all schools are vibrant places for children to thrive and succeed.  Our work has always been centred on schools, partnering with school leaders and teachers to improve student learning, well-being and achievement.  We are passionate about supporting every child to reach their full potential! 

However, Mid-March 2020, schools closed across Kenya, and are now closed until at least January 2020, as a result of the global pandemic.  Many of the children from our partner schools live in marginalised urban informal settlements, and this period of school closures poses broad and complex risks.  Children often rely on school for much more than just learning.  Often, nutrition, safety and health are all supported by school.  Add to this the escalation in domestic and gender based violence, and it's clear to see that there are concerns on how children will stay safe and keep learning during school closures.

We spoke to more than 1000 families whose children attend our partner schools, and the data told us that 79% have now lost their pre-covid source of income, and less than 50% were able to support learning at home.  Our team sprung into action, and since the beginning of the pandemic, thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, we have been able to work through our school leaders and teachers to offer support to thousands of households.  That support has included a feeding program for the most vulnerable of families, learning support including workbooks and other resources for all children, and well-being checks to ensure child safety.

Our team have also moved all of our training and coaching to a digital, remote model.  Developing digital content, a bespoke chat bot, and dedicated Whats App groups has allowed us to keep our communities learning and growing.  School leaders and teachers have been able to support each other as peers, tackle challenges together, and encourage and motivate one another through this difficult season. 

Thank you for your support which has made this possible!

Teacher Florence reviews a home learning workbook
Teacher Florence reviews a home learning workbook

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At Dignitas, we know that investing in teachers is investing in children. We have seen various reports indicating that children are not leaving schools with the skills they need to succeed in life. World Bank declared a global learning crisis. In Kenya, only 39% of teachers can prepare lesson plans, 33% can assess student ability, and 29% can evaluate student progress.

We address this gap by equipping educators through training and coaching so they can take the lead in transforming their schools. Today, we highlight key areas of our program model, so you get to see the ways in which our team supports schools to thrive!


What does a one-year partnership with Dignitas look like for our schools?


Leadership Academy

Our leadership academies introduce ideas and concepts that empower educators to be inspiring leaders and excellent teachers. The aim is to shift beliefs, attitudes, and values so that educators see the potential in their schools and students. We focus on three pillars: Instructional Leadership, Classroom Culture and Learner Engagement. Trainings are conducted three times in a year during school holidays- April, August and November.


Professional Development

Our workshops provide targeted professional development for both school leaders and teachers and build more complex knowledge and skills on top of the foundation created in the leadership academies. All our professional development workshops are practical ensuring that educators are able to practice what they are learning and receive feedback from their peers and their coaches.


Coaching

Our dedicated team of Leadership Coaches provide individualized, classroom-based mentoring and support for the growth and development of educators. We ensure that concepts learned in training are implemented in the classroom. This is a critical step to producing long term improvements.


Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities help educators to routinize sustainable reflective practice towards whole school improvement. Fellows are grouped throughout the program experience to foster a community of learning and ensure sustainable professional growth and development continues after the program concludes.


Alumni Association

Alumni Association enables ongoing learning and growth and offers graduates the opportunity to support the professional development of other educators, while driving systemic change.


These areas guide how we partner with each school so we can create vibrant places of learning. We know that access to education is most meaningful if that education is quality. Our program model targets a whole school transformation. We heavily invest in our school leaders because we know the importance of quality education.


You are partnering with us to deliver this unique model to our schools and from data collected, we see that schools improve learning outcomes for students and develop a positive school culture that supports learners to thrive. Please reach out to us if you'd like to learn more about our program. Email: info@dignitasproject.org. You can also follow us on social media to stay updated on all our projects!


Thank you!

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Dear Friends, 

2019 has been great for the Dignitas team! 

In September 2019, you joined us in our first campaign on Global Giving to enable us to provide quality education to 900 Kenyan children. Because of your generous support, we graduated and got a permanent spot on the Global Giving platform! 

This project is enabling us to support schools in marginalized communities so that children can receive the education they deserve. In 2019, we partnered with 130 schools impacting 30,000 children. At Dignitas, we empower educators to transform their schools through leadership development and instructional coaching so that their schools become vibrant places of learning where all children thrive and succeed. We are inviting you to see some of the highlights from one of our partner schools – Hollywood Glory School who are featured on this report.

Jane is the Head teacher at Hollywood School, and she is one of the school leaders in our Stawisha Program this year. Jane has been in the education sector and running her school for 11 years. From the beginning of the year, Jane was eager and prepared to learn from the Stawisha Program and to support her teachers to grow. Her thirst for knowledge and capacity building for her staff could be seen in the way she worked with her Leadership Coach – Mercy. All the teachers at Hollywood Glory School have shown great commitment this year. Their quest for knowledge is collective and most times, they hold professional learning communities in their school where they learn, collaborate and share best practices to improve their teaching practice.

This has been a year of mindset change, placement of value on the learner and teamwork for all the teachers at Hollywood School. The teamwork from their school leaders has set the pace for Hollywood Glory School and they have begun to experience the impact of our program. We have seen that when school leaders are invested in improving learning outcomes for their students, the whole school benefits. School leaders are one of the most important stakeholders in improving the quality of education in schools. Teaching and learning have improved at Hollywood Glory School. The teachers are focusing on learner centered methodologies and on improving the relationship between teachers and students.

“My big dream for my students is that they excel in their studies. I want them to gain some skills after I have taught so they can be prepared for the next class. Through the Dignitas training I have learned how to engage all the learners in my class who have different abilities.” Tr. Martha, Kindergarten Class – Hollywood Glory School.

We are working with teachers like Jane and her team to transform opportunities for the next generation. Your support is making this possible. Thank you for partnering with us in 2019!

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Deborah Kimathi
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