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Sierra Leone


St Theresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Bomotoke and UMC Primary School in Sembehun

We serve children at two government-run primary schools

Working with Rising Academies, we are providing tablet-based instruction to children in grades 1-6 to test the fit of our software application in preparation for scale.

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St Theresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School

Serving children through a center-based learning program designed for grades 1 to 6.

  • Location: St Theresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Bomotoke, Sierra Leone
  • Curriculum and Language of Instruction: Math and Literacy (in English)
  • Research Focus: How well is the delivery model working? How suitable is the intervention for learners at the different grade levels?
  • Type of Study: Implementation study
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UMC Primary School

Serving children through a center-based learning program designed for grades 1 to 6.

  • Location: UMC Primary School, Sembehun, Sierra Leone
  • Curriculum and Language of Instruction: Math and Literacy (in English)
  • Research Focus: How well is the delivery model working? How suitable is the intervention for learners at the different grade levels?
  • Type of Study: Implementation study
State of Education in sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s 1.9 million young children are packed into just 4,398 primary schools.

The devastating Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 – 2002) wiped out 1,270 primary schools and had 67 percent of all school-aged children out of school in the year 2001. Since then, Sierra Leone has recovered considerably, but still continues to face significant challenges. Sierra Leone’s education system struggles with more than 40 percent untrained primary school teachers and a shortage of learning materials.

Population: 7.8 million

Number of early grade children: 1.9 million

Primary school completion rate (%): 24%

Literacy rate for 15 years and older: 43%

Pupil/Teacher ratio in last grade of primary: 37:1

Impact

The pilot, in partnership with Rising Academies, has reached over 500 children across the two schools. This study is critical for testing and building out scale models in new contexts. Additionally, Rising Academies is now expanding the pilot to include some of their own private schools.

Our Sierra Leone Site Partners

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Burkina Faso Ghana Malawi Sierra Leone Tanzania
Software
Rising Academy Network
Sierra Leone
Implementation