Happy World Teachers Day!

Oct 2, 2015 | News, Teacher Profiles | 0 comments

October 5 marks World Teachers Day, an international opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the role of teachers around the globe. The theme for 2015 celebrations is “Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies’, which fits perfectly with the Dignitas mission. We use an innovative leadership training and coaching approach to empower teachers and schools in marginalized communities to transform their students’ opportunities. We’re dedicated to empowering teachers to transform their classrooms, their schools and their communities!

Meet some of our fantastic teachers


To celebrate World Teachers Day, we’re sharing stories from our teachers here in Nairobi. In these profiles, the Dignitas Fellows share their experience working in the informal settlements, reflect on their interaction with Dignitas, and provide wonderful insight into the challenges and joys of educating Kenya’s next generation.

Josephine Ouma, Deputy Head Teacher at Sifa Student Center

Josephine Ouma moved from Uganda to Kenya as a child, and arrived into the Kenyan school system unable to speak Kiswahili. One teacher took the time to help her, and now she’s paying it forward to her own students. Read more.


Vincent Orwa, Maths, English and Social Studies Teacher at Vigil School

Vincent has witnessed a dramatic change in his relationship with his students as a result of his involvement with Dignitas. Read more.


Lilian Achieng, Founder and Head Teacher at Vigil School

This inspiring single mother founded Vigil school in an effort to provide quality education to children in Nairobi. Read more.

Agnes Bukachi, Social Studies and Kiswahili Teacher at Alpha Glory School

Agnes and her fellow teachers were convinced their school’s lack of money meant they couldn’t afford teaching resources and learning aids. But with a little encouragement from Dignitas, the teachers have gotten creative. Read more.


“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai


Celebrate great teachers this World Teachers Day!

We all have a favorite teacher from our own school days – the teacher who encouraged us, piqued our curiosity, challenged us to work harder and inspired us to dream. Teachers play a huge and special part in shaping the lives of the next generation and they deserve to be honored and celebrated. Here are a couple of ways you can celebrate great teachers this World Teachers Day:

Encourage the teachers in your life!

While you may no longer be in touch with your own teachers, chances are you have friends and family members who are teaching students and transforming young lives. Send them an supportive email or post this ‘thank you’ graphic on their Facebook!

Send teachers in Kenya an encouraging note!

Teaching is a fulfilling and important profession, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Why not write a quick note of encouragement that we can share with our teachers here in Nairobi? Send your email to [email protected] with the subject line ‘A note for Dignitas Teachers’ and we’ll be sure to pass it on!

Donate to Dignitas this World Teachers Day!

Every donation goes to supporting our work training and coaching teachers, and transforming schools. We’ve all been impacted by an amazing teacher, so why not pay it forward and give a Kenyan teacher the support they deserve! Check out the different ways to give here.