Centre Co-Hosts Global Initiatives in Character Development Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

The Jubilee Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Character and Leadership in Kenya, and with Montclair University and Tufts University, ran a regional conference held in Nairobi for leaders of character education projects across Africa. The conference brought together 33 delegates, many of whom had been awarded TWCF Global Initiatives in Character Development (GICD) funding. The two-day event was designed to facilitate partnership working and the development of character education across the continent and hopes to lead to the establishment of an African association for Character Education.

Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Global Innovations for Character Development seeks to establish character development as a lever for social change, increased prosperity, and overall human flourishing. It envisions a world in which character strengths are recognized for their critical role in improving the lives of individuals and communities.

With grant-funded projects around the globe, GICD is a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote character strengths worldwide. Character strengths are learned and learnable attributes, virtues, skills, habits, or capabilities that enable individuals to lead better lives. Examples include compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, honesty, humility, and kindness. Some Global Innovations for Character Development projects also seek to promote local character strengths, such as the East African concept Utu (shared humanity, humanness).

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