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. 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. There are also languages pertaining to certain groups within the country; for example, the Mande group may speak Mende, Kuranko, Kono, Yalunka, Susu, and Vai. Unlike in other countries, education in Sierra Leone is not required. This means that not everybody goes to school. This is reflected in the low literacy rate of around 45%, which is among the lowest in the world. Strive2Thrive Edu helps to fix this problem in Sierra Leone, and in other countries through quality, free education.
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
In Sierra Leone, Strive2Thrive Edu’s goals for improving the lives of people all over the world align with the UN’s sustainable development goals. In today’s world, technology has more use than it ever did. Computers have been becoming more and more mainstream all over the world every year for the past few decades. However, in some smaller countries, there are still underserved areas which don’t have proper access to technological education. Because of this, people, especially students, cannot have the proper training needed to be successful in the tech industry in the future. To solve this problem, 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. This aligns with the UN’s sustainable development goal numbers 4 and 17. By providing these classes, we at Strive2Thrive Edu effectively help to bridge the socio-economic gap that exists in developing areas of the world (UN sustainable development goal 10).