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The Commons: ​The Glory Values School Has No Rules

Yet its values may save Kenya.

Teacher and students at Glory Value School

Photo Courtesy of the Glory Value School

A student once told me, “Do you know, Grandmother [that’s what they call me], you are letting down your integrity ratio?” “How?” I asked. “Last term you promised to award anybody who got an A in the exam.” “I’m sorry,” I said. I had forgotten. “Tomorrow I will.” So the following day, I arrived with the prizes. They were not very big. But they went to the very heart of our Glory Values School in Butere, Kenya. These girls—the students—were concerned that I not lose my integrity. The heart of the school is that the teachers, the learners, and the workers partake of the same values. So all of us are growing in integrity. That makes the child feel “I am important. I am loved. I am respected.” Our school has no rules, in the traditional sense; rather, it teaches values—integrity, love, and honesty—as well as accountability to oneself and others. This is a cure for our “sick” Kenyan political, social, and economic system. By instilling values we can ultimately heal our country of tribalism, corruption, and the impunity that includes violence during every election cycle: the win …

What you can do

  • If you have 10 minutes: Meditate on the values most important to you.
  • If you have $10: Supply personal products for one girl for a year.
  • If you have $100: Enable a girl to study and access the values model for a year.
  • If you have 10 more minutes: Share this story or Priscilla Were’s TEDx talk TEDx:


About the Author

Priscilla Were is the founder and principal of the Glory Values School.

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