Sierra Leone

Country Profile

Sierra Leone is a small country on the West Coast of Africa. It has direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, which makes trading with other countries easy. Sierra Leone’s economy is mostly based on subsistence agriculture, where around 3/5 of the population engage in agricultural practices and techniques; shifting cultivation is a largely used technique by the farmers. Rich in minerals, Sierra Leone has also relied on mining, especially diamonds, for its economic base

There are a variety of languages the people in Sierra Leone speak, with English being the main language taught at the schools and spoken in a professional setting. However, Krio, the main language spoken by the Creoles, is the country’s lingua-franca, meaning that most people in the country understand Krio.

Sierra Leone is a Muslim majority country, with the overall Muslim population at 78% of the population, though there is an influential Christian minority at about 21% of the population.

POPULATION

8,168,015 as of Tuesday, September 7, 2021

CAPITAL

Freetown

CURRENCY

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FUN FACT

Sierra Leone is among the top 10 diamond producing nations in the world.

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

what are some problems in this country that you have learned about through your research? Specific problems with education Remember to try to look for problems that we as an organization are working to combat and also relate to UN SDGs

The education system in Sierra Leone has faced many hurdles in the past ranging from destruction of schools due to conflicts within the country to shortage of facilities. Despite the efforts to improve the situation, there are still significant problems that need to be addressed. According to the Borgen Project, more than 40 percent of primary school teachers are untrained. There is also a massive shortage of textbooks, and it is not uncommon for 4 or 5 students to share a single book. The literacy rate among 15 to 24-year-olds is below 60 percent, and the total adult literacy rate is even lower, at about 43 percent. Secondary school participation is low, with a net attendance ratio from 2008 to 2012 of 39.9 percent for boys and 33.2 percent for girls.



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu partners with various organizations, schools in underprivileged communities and orphanages in Sierra Leone. The goal is to provide food and access to essential educational resources to students from vulnerable communities and improve literacy rates within these communities.

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:

We offer a wide range of courses on subjects like business management, accounting and STEM related subjects to allow students to develop and explore their interests. This would help alleviate the inequalities faced by underserved communities as it helps students develop skills that can be implemented in the real world and would allow them to compete for more high skilled jobs

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:

 
 

  • 4.1: ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
  • 4.2: ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development
  • 4.4: substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: We aim to provide equal access to quality education for boys and girls. Through donations we are able to provide students with essential school supplies and other resources that would help them study more effectively such as Kindle fire tablets.

  • 10.1: progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
  • 10.2: empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Education and other facilities provided in larger cities like the capital, Freetown are of significantly better quality than those available in rural areas and other vulnerable communities within the country. Strive2thrive Edu partners with schools in rural areas and various orphanages and organisations to bridge the inequalities gap in these communities.

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu has partnered with a children’s home in Sierra Leone to conduct programs, more specifically a technological training program to further the students’ 21st century skills. In addition to these programs, Strive2Thrive Edu’s highly qualified tutors teach these students important core subjects such as Math, Programming, and Science.

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