Our Mission

Dignitas empowers educators by developing leaders who will transform opportunities for the next generation.

Around the world, marginalized communities have self-organized and established schools in the hope of meeting the educational needs of their children. Although the majority of these schools are led by committed community leaders, they lack trained teachers, skilled leadership, and basic resources.

Dignitas partners with these schools, strengthening leadership, improving instructional quality, and providing infrastructural support to help schools create an environment where all children fulfill their potential.


Dignitas operates in five informal settlements across Nairobi. We partner with schools for a three year period, providing an intensive 3-week Leadership Training Institute, ongoing coaching, tailored personal development workshops and infrastructure support.

Learn more about our model, how we partner with schools, and see our model in action at Umoja Primary School.

Our Vision

We imagine a world where schools are a vibrant place for all children to develop the skills and strength of character to thrive and succeed.

Our Values

Transformation – We see the possibility for positive change everywhere – in our own team, in schools, for families and communities – all towards a more equitable society.

Sustainability – We know that schools and communities have the ability to self-organize and are committed to equipping communities with the tools to grow independently.   

Learning – We believe learning is key to transformation; we’re committed to learning as individuals, as a team and with our partners.


Innovation We are open to bold new ideas and encourage creativity in our team, our partners, and the education space globally.

Empowerment – We believe in the potential of people and recognize the agency of every individual.

Accountability – We are stewards of resources and knowledge and take it as our responsibility to use the tools at our disposal to truly serve the community and the intentions of our supporters.