CViL Kenya

Globally supporting the development of school leaders. 

Project Summary

This project aims to adapt, enhance and pilot test a Servant Leadership (SL) professional development (PD) program called Cultivating Virtue in Leaders (CViL) for Kenyan school heads/principals and their leadership teams (SLTs). The project addresses a need, identified in studies and seminal reports from independent researchers as well as the Ministry of Education, for the PD of school principals in collaborative leadership practices such as SL.

The Centre for Character and Leadership (CCL) will work with the program developers to deliver CViL to 30 public secondary SLTs. The program will be delivered through;

  • A PD academy promoting understanding and development of the SL virtues for self, staff and students,
  • Monthly school- based coaching,
  • A Regional Stakeholders Network (supporting both live and social media based events for a multi-tiered set of stakeholders).

Implementation and outcomes will be assessed to determine participant perceived relevance and satisfaction with the program components. Changes in SLTs virtue related attitudes and practices will be assessed via well validated measures. The primary outputs will be documentation of 150 school leaders’ completion of the program, a replication website, and local CViL program and research capacity.

Anticipated Outcomes

The short term outcomes will be 150 Kenyan school leaders actively engaging in personal and professional virtue reflection and practices identified in participants’ customized character education implementation plans. 

Intermediate outcomes will include changes in virtue related practices, opportunities and support for ~1200 staff, 21,000 students’ and 30 school communities.

Long-term outcomes will include the development of a critical mass of virtue oriented school leaders and their ascension to policy and system level leadership positions – significantly improving Kenya’s educational system.


Project Team

Project Co-Lead

Peter Kingori

Project Co-lead

Melinda Bier

Senior Advisor

Boniface Mwangi

Program Officer

Millicent Dianga

Project Coordinator

Deborah O'Reilly