According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2022 Economic Survey, a staggering 14 million students were enrolled in primary and secondary schools in Kenya. And yet, Kenya's educational system is plagued by inadequate educational facilities, insufficient teacher training, widespread poverty, and a lack of basic human needs such as food and water. As a result, harsh disciplinary tactics and corporal punishment have taken hold in schools, along with high absenteeism and behavioral issues.
The Virtues Project is providing teachers with tools to replace corporal punishment with an emphasis on restorative justice, compassion, and kindness. By employing the Five Strategies of the Virtues Project, teachers are transforming classrooms into safe spaces where students learn to support one another and develop virtues such as respect and cooperation. In these schools, attendance rates are increasing, behavioral issues are decreasing, and test scores are going up.
The powerful effects of the Five Strategies of the Virtues Project are reverberating from classrooms to school administrators, from students to parents, from households to whole communities. By nurturing virtues such as compassion, cooperation, and respect within each student, teachers are creating profound, life-changing transformations which will have long-term implications as these students become future leaders in their communities and beyond.