Transforming Communities Through Social Impact; The role of private schools in ESG practises

By Sharon Cheramboss, Policy and Partnership Director- Bridge Kenya 

Sharon Cheramboss- furthest right

In the dynamic landscape of education, private schools emerge as influential entities, particularly in underserved communities. The strategic incorporation of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices underscores a profound commitment to social impact within these institutions, extending their influence far beyond traditional academic boundaries.

Private schools, frequently situated in regions with limited access to quality education, assume a pivotal role in shaping the social dynamics of communities. Within the framework of ESG practices, the emphasis on social impact transcends traditional academic boundaries. Scholarship programs, community outreach initiatives, and collaborations with local organisations serve as instrumental tools for private schools to directly contribute to the social well-being of the communities they serve. Central to the impact private schools can wield is the empowerment of communities through education.

Collaborative initiatives with local businesses, healthcare providers, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) foster comprehensive community development, extending beyond the conventional realm of education to address broader societal needs.

The social facet of ESG underscores values such as inclusivity and diversity, which private schools can actively champion. Through the provision of scholarships and the promotion of diverse enrollment, these institutions contribute to dismantling barriers to education. The cultivation of an inclusive environment not only reflects a commitment to social responsibility but also equips students with the skills to navigate a diverse world, fostering empathy and understanding.

The social impact of ESG practices extends beyond the educational setting to encompass the health and well-being of students and the broader community. Private schools can engage in health awareness campaigns, facilitate access to healthcare resources, and establish collaborations with healthcare providers to ensure the physical and mental well-being of students and their families, thereby promoting a thriving community.

ESG places a premium on stakeholder engagement, and within the realm of private schools, this entails active participation from students, parents, teachers, and the wider community. Establishing platforms for open communication, involving stakeholders in decision-making processes, and addressing their concerns contribute to fostering a positive social environment.

Private schools, thus, evolve into not only educational institutions but also community hubs that promote collaboration and shared responsibility. As private schools persist in their role as catalysts for positive change in underserved communities, the social impact dimension of ESG practices assumes paramount importance.

By prioritizing community empowerment, inclusivity, health, and stakeholder engagement, private schools actively contribute to the social well-being of the communities they serve. The transformative power of ESG in the realm of education extends beyond academic excellence to create a sustained positive impact on the social fabric of society—one student, one family, and one community at a time. Click here to learn more.