Sierra Leone

School project 2020

1. Project

In collaboration with the community, our partner organization Street Child will create a wing with 3 classrooms and give over 100 pupils access to secondary education. The school will provide children with a safe, supportive and sustainable learning environment in order to complete their junior secondary level – a critical phase both in terms of learning outcomes, as well as future employment prospects.

As part of its commitment, the community will provide the land for the school. Street Child will then issue a call for tenders for a local contractor to advance the construction of the school to an agreed high-quality building. Street Child’s deputy head of rural operations will be responsible for the Monitoring of the progress of the school and the supervision of communication between the community and the project participants.

Street Child’s goal is to integrate the new school into the government system. We support the schools in getting involved with the Ministry of Education and finally to fulfil all the requirements for the school permit. For this the WASH facilities are particularly important, since they are an important prerequisite for the registration of the school.

2. School equipment

The project will fully equip the school together with a local contractor. New furniture will be built, desks, chairs and a blackboard. In addition, also a whole range of teaching and learning materials for three classrooms will be provided

3. WASH facility

Appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities are essential for the new school, to mitigate the risk of health issues. WASH facilities not only facilitate access to clean water for the schoolchildren and their communities, but also facilitate it for many girls during the puberty to go to school. In addition, WASH facilities are also an important factor for the school to be recognized by the government.

4. Teacher training

Street Child will be working with the community to ensure that committed teachers from the community are selected for the distance training so that they can receive a recognized teaching certificate. This training lasts three years. During this time the project pays a small scholarship to the teachers. In addition to this basic training, the community teachers need lessons and support in order to to learn a basic standard of teaching. The Street Child team will be sending their own team of experienced, mobile teaching specialists to the community to provide Teachers Workshops on lesson planning, child protection and key issues such as work with girls. During the project, they will assist the teachers as mentors.

5. Beneficiaries:

More than 100 children will directly benefit from the project. Especially for girls, the WASH facilities are of huge importance to attend school. It is estimated that for half of all girls who drop out of school in sub- Saharan Africa, the lack of water and sanitation is the main factor. When they reach puberty, a lot of girls do not go to school during menstruation.

6. Est. Timeframe

The chronology of the project varies depending on the seasons (rain/dry season) and of the situation on the ground.

  • Construction of the three classrooms – approx. 6 months
  • Teachers‘ scholarship – 12 months
  • Training and supervision of teachers – 12 months