The standard of education in Sierra Leone before and immediately after independence was rated the best in West Africa. With the University of Sierra Leone (FBC) established in 1827, Sierra Leone was dubbed, “Athens of West Africa.” Long period of sustained neglect resulted in the erosion of quality in the education system. [<a href=”http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/1334/Sierra-Leone-EDUCATIONAL-SYSTEM-OVERVIEW.html”>Sierra Leone – Educational System—overview</a>]. The government of Sierra Leone, with the support of donors has done great job in providing access to many more citizens. Today the country can boast of more graduates than ever before. Yet, the quality of education across institutions is still found wanting.
The A-fID Method in Improving the Quality of education
Presently, most students pay hefty sums for extra tuition outside formal academic settings. This approach is counter to GoSL effort to provide non-discriminatory access to education since poorer households could not afford to raise fund for these extra tuition. This also puts vulnerable students at risk of abuse and molestation and opens the door for corrupt practices in the education system. More importantly, paying for private tuition deprives poor and vulnerable people from getting a quality education they deserve. We aim to complement this system and improve the quality of education by:
- Reducing the sizes of seminar classes across universities.
- Aiming to have a maximum of 25 students per seminar class across major universities by 2020
- Adopting a community base approach to provide extra free tuition to students from poorer households
- Promoting and supporting peer2peer academic and vocational mentoring
- Providing free support to female students from poorer households
- Providing core-learning materials on a Pass on 2 Peer basis (Po2P)
- Incentivising households for contributing to good educational outcome for their children.
Involving Local Services
We are well aware that we cannot achieve these ambitious objects on our own. We are working with:
- GoSL Ministries of Education, Youth and Sports and the ministry Finance and Economic Development (MoFED)
- Local businesses and local leaderships
- Community Base Organisations (CBOs) and Faith Base Organisations
- Local leaderships
Programmes delivery focuses on young people ages 12 to 35 and poorer households.
Our win equals = total number of beneficiaries + number of tuition centres + percentage of excellent academic performance
Today students benefiting from our programmes can coherently engage in constructive intellectual conversations. They produce the best results compered to students in communities not yet benefiting from our programmes. Adults benefiting from our programmes can now manage their household finances.
- Is proactive and has the widest reach and create the sense of ownership
- Serves as incentive to support children educational attainment due to positive peer pressure
- More likely to succeed
- Allows for timely support can be provided for underperforming students
Due to involvement of the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sports, and that of local businesses communities once more had faith in the education system and developed the perception that local businesses can be forces for common good.
More insight in 2017