Summary of Report

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KEY SUMMARY OF REPORT Enhancing Quality Education In Three Rural Primary Schools Kono
Grantee: ActionAid Netherlands

  1. Actionaid Sierra Leone and its implementing partner Advocate For Social Justice and Development Sierra Leone (ASJD -SL) through funding from Turing foundation supported 14 untrained and unqualified teachers in a Distance Education Programme. The 14 teachers (8 males & 6 females) are now in their final year of their studies.
  2. 26 Teachers (13 males & 13 females) received training on Child Centred Teaching Techniques and gender Responsive Pedagogy. This has improved their capacity and ability to handle their classes better than before.
  3. Three libraries have been established and adequately equipped with reading materials and spot kits in three schools (Supreme Islamic Council Bandafayie, Evangelical Mission School Kangama Nimiyama and United Methodist Primary school Tikonko). This facility has reduced children movement to farm and mining sites – as they are encouraged to often visit the library even after school for reading. The head of the school has often organized reading competitions and this has helped tremendously in the improvement of reading by children. Most children can now read well and have developed confidence in standing in front of bigger audience to speak.
  4. The Violence against Girls clubs in all three communities benefitted from two trainings followed by grants to educate their peers and parents on the relevance of the girl child education. They have been able to complete more than 30 outreach and succeeded in bringing back to school a total of nine (9) out of school girls.
  5. 30 SMC members are now fully conscious of their roles and responsibilities in promoting quality education as a result of two phases of training conducted for them – each lasting for four days. Teachers are now seen applying the codes and ethics in school curriculum and the usage of the approved Education manual. They also provide monitoring and supervisory roles in the utilization of school revenues.
  6. A total of five meetings were held to discuss issues affecting education in the district. As a result of these meetings there is serious consideration to approve teachers who have not gained employment in the sector.
  7. Six (6) simulcast phone-in radio discussion programmes were held during the two years of this project. This was meant to educate the public on issues affecting education and what are the laws and policies guiding the sector. As a result of this drive, we realized an increased public consciousness on the importance of education especially for girls, the role of the community in promoting quality and affordable education and the effective utilization of school fee subsidies in a transparent and accountable manner
  8. A total of six (6) meetings were held bringing the District Education, SMCs and Chiefdom Education Committee together for sharing of experience in the educational sector. One of the gains in these meetings is that the SMCs influenced District Education Authorities to approve the SIC Primary School at Bandafayie which is presently on course.
  9. Three violence against girl clubs were established and well managed not only by ActionAid and its Implementing partners but also by the mothers club and school authorities.


ASDJ-SL TWO YEARS EDUCATION REPORT (2016 and 2017)

2,686 Children Received nursary materials

Three Classroom building at Tembedu

Mothers club from 17 communities received 1 set each of grinding machines to increase economic earnings and livelihood.


Support to 40 Best Pupils in the National primary school Examination since 2014

Advocate for Social Justice and Development is in network with Education for All (EFA) and Kono District Education Caucus. The 25 best pupils in the NPSE were selected in2014 when the outbreak of the Ebola scourge had devastated livelihoods of communities particularly women that depend on agriculture and small scale business for their livelihoods. In a bid to transform lives ; demonstrating our value of solidarity with the poor and marginalized, ASJD in collaboration with MEST and Actionaid, collected the information of those outstanding pupils in that exam for full scholarship scheme that covered school fees, teaching and learning materials, uniform, shoes etc… to pursue their education. In all, there are 14 boys and 26 girls that benefited. They all took the2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) with 90% now in the senior schools.

District Stakeholders Meeting and Training for Data Collectors on Promoting Rights in Schools (PRS

MEST, Councils representatives, School Management Structures, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Chiefdom Education Committees, Kono District Education Caucus, Education for All and cross section of civil society with the consultant formed part of the district stakeholders’ engagement in 2016. Twenty (20) (Male 12 Female 08) data collectors were trained to undertake the survey on promoting rights in schools form 24 school in three chiefdoms. Amongst the rights surveyed were: right to free education, right to non-discrimination, right to adequate infrastructure, right to quality trained teachers, right to a safe and non-violent environment, right to relevant education, right to know your rights, right to participate, right to transparent and accountable schools and right to quality learning. The data was processed and findings discussed to the district stakeholders for possible actions to be taken in ameliorating the deteriorating standard of education in the district.

Supply of Teaching and Learning Materials to 2,849 school pupils in 18 Schools in Three Chiefdoms

It is fact that learning is not possible without teaching and learning materials. The school pupils completely lack books, and sadly, most of the schools do not even have reading facilities. In a bid to strife to increase quality learning in our operational communities, teaching and learning materials including exercise books, pens, pencils and bags were distributed tour sponsored children. ASJD undertook sponsorship activities in 2016 and 2017 where 2,849 (boys 1,266 girls 1,583) school children were supplied with teachingand learning materials through Actionaid Sierra Leone. These supplies have helped our sponsorship beneficiaries (children) to come to school with the required learning materials. Outcomes from monitoring showed that school pupils now have learning materials to take notes on neatly, do their assignment and help improved their performance in public examination.

UNDP FROM THE SDG FUNDS THE PROGRAMS: PROFILE OF NEWLY ESTABLISHED WOMEN GROUPS IN YARDU AND TANKORO YARDU COMMUNITY WOMEN PROFILE

Yardu village is the chiefdom head quarter town of Gbense Chiefdom; one and half kilo-meter distance from the Koidu City. Since 1940 until update, the village has accounted approximately 12 -15 hector of unclaimed land due to unsustainable mining activities. This community has approximately 1, 500 people whose livelihoods are more of alluvial mining and sustenance farming. The scars of the war are still visible in the community; youth are unengaged and no economic activities. Yardu Community lacks health post and post primary school education. This has posed challenge for household income especially for women that have very little access to income or no land to carry out agricultural activities. This has also discouraged women to go into active agricultural activities due to the non-negotiable refundable cost for agriculture as a means of alternative livelihood.

Before the inception of the SDG Land rehabilitation and livelihood project, these women had little opportunity in acquiring land for sustainable agricultural activities because of unhealthy competition between mining financiers. There was no unity among women to undertake cooperative agricultural development activities. This has resulted into inability to supply the market demand even when the proximity is very close to Koidu City. These women have no option but to also engaged in unpaid care work and at the same time vulnerable to sexual exploitation; some wash tailings (waste from the sand gravel) to earn their daily survival. Others often go to sell food at the mining sites. On several occasions, these miners persuade the women and girls with very small amounts of cash to have sex which has contributed to the increase of teenage pregnancy, abandoned marriages and school drop outs for girls. Few women engage in subsistence farming, but not being able to withstand the challenges in that sector as agriculture has not being a profitable business at small scales compounded by the lack of access to finance and control over land. The advent of the SDG project implemented by ASJD SL has increased their hopes and aspirations by reclaiming 7 acres of land that is now used for agricultural and recreational purposes. It has gradually changed the ideology of women and youths; and local also authorities to see agriculture as sustainable alternative means of livelihood. Thus, the women have now mobilized themselves into smaller farming based organization. They have registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and local councils at district level for formal recognition. The chairlady of the group, Mrs Hawa Jabbie was very happy to cultivate their land for business and also delighted that the safety and security of their children has been restored through the reclamation of the biggest mined-out pit that was close to the community school that drowned children.