“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
The EACDT is dedicated to improving the lives of the children of East Africa through character education. In a country where over 50% of people live below the poverty line, there is no free secondary education and where youth unemployment is nearly 60%, the importance of a good education to any child’s future is paramount.
Using a syllabus inspired by the work of the world renowned KIPP Foundation in the USA, the EACDT has developed an innovative programme that marries cricket and character education.
Success in life depends on more than academic learning. We help the children of East Africa foster character strengths that are essential for their own development and success. And, as importantly, we empower them to express their voice with power and to help them improve their own communities.
As many others do, we believe that character education is incredibly important. For example in the United Kingdom, the former Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has acknowledged the importance of character education as a contributor to developing more rounded and capable young people and worked towards introducing it in the core curriculum of the state secondary school system. President Kenyatta of Kenya has also talked about the importance of both education and character.
In Africa, where living and working conditions are so much more uncertain and challenging and where de-stabilisation beckons, it is even more needed.