Summary of Report
WE BUILD OUR OPERATIONAL AREA THROUGH OUR PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.