Education gains can help young people escape poverty, and it is for this reason that Dignitas invests in the quality of education to ensure a generation of young people have the opportunity to learn, thrive, and reach their potential. Dignitas delivers innovative training and coaching programs to school leadership teams to improve instructional leadership, learner engagement and classroom culture so that all schools can become vibrant places for children to thrive and succeed. Dignitas’ programs build the capacity of school leaders and teachers to transform children’s opportunities. To date, Dignitas has partnered with 300 schools, 1500 educators and impacted the learning of 87,000 children.
Like many other countries around the world, schools in Kenya have been closed since March 16th, leaving many children at home and desperate to have basic needs met. For the 60% of Nairobi’s population who are currently marginalized in urban informal settlements, this was the first in a series of steps that, whilst necessary, have significantly threatened the well-being of children and families.
Many children living in poverty are reliant on school not just for learning; but for protection, nutrition and many other aspects of their well-being. These children also tend to be furthest behind in learning metrics, and get no support from government to improve their schools. They now risk being left even further behind or dropping out of school altogether; their future in jeopardy. Risks to child well-being have significantly increased with concerns over basic provisions such as food and livelihoods, and additional risks such as child and domestic abuse.
Urgent action must be taken to secure the learning and well-being of these children.
In an effort to reach and protect these children, we immediately thought of our amazing community of School Leaders and Teacher Leaders. Dignitas has trained over 1,000 educators, and have another 450 educators enrolled for 2020. Dignitas School Leaders have already benefited from Dignitas training and coaching and they are also leaders who are rooted in, and passionate about the needs of their communities. This lays an ideal foundation for them to be further equipped to respond in these times of crisis as community champions of well-being and learning.
Dignitas is working tirelessly to protect and promote the learning and well-being of children living in poverty. Whilst everything else is disrupted, our vision to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive and succeed remains core to our COVID19 response.
In response to COVID19 school closures, Dignitas is remotely training and coaching School Leaders and Teachers as Community Champions who can work in household clusters to protect and promote children’s learning and well-being towards the following outcomes:
Children have access to quality care that ensures child safety and well-being
Children stay engaged in learning whilst at home
Parents are empowered and equipped to support learning at home
Community Champions are equipped to support households and ensure the well-being and safety of children