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Deborah Kimathi
Ribbon HUNDRED 2022
Every teacher equipped and supported for children to thrive and succeed.


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LeadNow!, designed for low-tech and low-resource environments, utilizes remote training and coaching tools to equip teachers with the new competencies and mindsets they need to support learner achievement and well-being in the face of ongoing system shocks. Leveraging insight and strength from Dignitas' award winning model, LeadNow! motivates and equips every teacher to thrive and succeed.
Lilian, Teacher
I want to do my best to support learners who look up to me for guidance. Dignitas is empowering us with skills & resources, we in turn continue to empower learners.

Lilian, Teacher


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2022

Teachers for a Changing World

Key figures

Innovation Overview

Target Group
11 000
Updated on June 30th, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Online and blended delivery models were considered a route to scale for Dignitas' award winning training and coaching. COVID-19 accelerated this, presenting an urgent need to keep children's learning and well-being on track. In April 2020, 70% of school leaders believed it was their responsibility to support learners, but 68% didn't know how; whilst only 5% were in contact with 75% of learners.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Dignitas selects partner schools in collaboration with government officials. These schools nominate instructional leaders and teacher leaders to engage with Dignitas as their school leadership team. School Leadership teams are allocated in peer professional learning communities hosted on a common messaging platform, and led by a Dignitas Leadership Coach. School Leadership Teams access training; either mini professional development modules and toolkits through Dignitas' ChatBot, or full modules through our LMS (online and offline capability). Modules are built around a competency framework, and new scenario based tools are in design to enhance remote competency measurement where classroom observations are limited. Individual and group coaching, which leverages reflective practice to transform leadership and classroom practice, is woven throughout the training schedule and is conducted via phone, online feedback, group whats-app sessions, and video-conferencing communities of practice.

How has it been spreading?

Dignitas's flagship training and coaching program Stawisha was honored with a WISE Award 2020, and featured on HundrED's Global Collection 2020 and 2021. LeadNow! was birthed in the midst of our covid response and was first piloted as part of our Leaders of Learning program, designed to keep learning and well-being on track during nationwide school closures. First rolled out among a small cohort in Nairobi's informal settlements, the program quickly drew attention and was rolled out across 6 counties. Evaluation showed that 98% of participants report having gained new competencies. As a result teachers supported parents (resulting in reduced anxiety, and increased time and action toward supporting learning among 94% of households) and learners (literacy and numeracy losses stemmed).

If I want to try it, what should I do?

The starting point for teacher professional development is to understand what competencies teachers need to support equitable, quality learning for every child. Once these competencies are understood, and it is clear how they look in school and classroom practice, Dignitas can design series of training and coaching content to develop mindsets, practices and competencies for a specific context.


HundrED Academy Review

Using technology in low-tech environments without the requirement for the internet means this innovation can be prolific across multiple locations. It is easily scalable which will maximize its impact.

- HundrED Academy Member

Dignitas reports a 30% increase in teacher competence after a year of support which is evidence that the innovation has a significant impact. LeadNow is accessible, easy to access and has been refined to work in varied settings.

- HundrED Academy Member
LeadNow! helps teachers create peer professional learning communities in low-tech and low-resource environments. Partnering with schools in collaboration with government officials is a key factor for the great impact and sustainability of LeadNow!, as well as developing a strong and visionary school leadership.
Academy review results
High Impact
Low Scalability
High Impact
High Scalability
Low Impact
Low Scalability
Low Impact
High Scalability
Read more about our selection process

Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
September 2021
Teachers for a Changing World
March 2021
Dignitas wins a WISE Award 2020!
March 2021
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