As 2015 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on all we’ve done and all we’ve achieved. It’s been a big and productive twelve months for Dignitas and we’re excited to celebrate another year of school transformation. Check out a few of our highlights below!
January: Dignitas Staff Retreat
At the start of 2015 we invested heavily in reflecting on past learning in order to develop and improve programs. The whole team participated in a retreat to set high level priorities for the organization in 2015 and beyond.
February: Evaluation Tools Development
Continuous learning and growth are key to Dignitas’ success. In February we developed a teacher assessment rubric and a school leader assessment rubric. Our new tools track transformation at the individual educator level, as well as help coaches and educators set measurable progress goals.
March: Makini School Visit
Our Dignitas Fellows had the opportunity to visit and learn from Makini Primary School, one of the highest performing schools in Kenya!
April: PD Workshops
We held two weeks of Professional Development workshops on the topic of leadership, developing assessments and teaching materials, and educational support for students with special needs.
May: Dignitas Sports Day
Ten partner schools in Kawangware came together for a inter-school sports tournament, with over 600 students taking part.
June: AU Student Projects
We hosted a small group of students from the American University who conducted four different research projects to strengthen our approach and programming.
August: PD and Dottie Scholars Workshops
School holidays are a busy time for Dignitas! We hosted another fortnight of PD workshops for teachers and gathered our Dottie Scholars together for a personal development session on nutrition.
November: Infrastructure Projects
We invited 16 partners school from Kangemi and Kawangware to apply for the Wezesha grant program. These schools submitted proposals for small grants to improve the learning environment. After providing feedback to strengthen schools’ resource acquisition skills and conducting due diligence, Dignitas began delivering inputs to qualifying schools.
December: Forum Event
In December, Dignitas hosted our first Thought Leadership conference. The theme of “Cultivating High-Quality Education in Low-Resource Settings” brought together partner organizations Africa Education Trust, Women Educational Researchers of Kenya, and Twaweza. Together, we showcased innovative approaches and developed strategies to strengthen our collective impact to improve education in Kenya.
2015 was a great year and we’re looking forward to even greater impact in 2016 and beyond. By donating to Dignitas, you can help us continue to have a lasting impact on education in Kenya.
Thank you for following our story and supporting us this year!