Project information

Junior Secondary Education for Hearing Impaired

To develop provision for junior secondary education for the hearing impaired students within the existing campus of St Joseph's School for the Hearing Impaired.

Seven months

Charity information: Friends Of St Josephs School For The Hearing Impaired Makeni Sierra Leone

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  • Need


    An inclusion programme with St Joseph’s Secondary mainstream school was set up to allow students with hearing impairments to continue onto secondary education. Despite being initially accompanied with a qualified teacher from St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired pupils began to noticeably struggle. Overcrowded classrooms coupled with poor teaching practices in the mainstream school were a major contribution.


    There are currently three classes of students who are working on the Junior Secondary School curriculum at St Joseph's School but this is creating a severe shortage of classrooms. The existing provision for nursery and primary children will be developed by building 5 extra classrooms to complete the quadrangle within that block. This will then release the necessary classroom space required to allocate classrooms for a small dedicated junior secondary school department.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver specialised teaching at junior secondary school level for hearing impaired students


    » To build five new classrooms
    » Continue to develop the specialist educational programme
    » Continue to develop the specialist training programme
    » Continue to train the specialist teachers to deliver the programme

    What success will look like

    By carefully monitoring the exam results. The monitoring process is already in place and it identified the initial problem.

  • Impact


    The project will provide the older, more academic students with the specialist education they need to reach their full potential. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of students who achieve the appropriate academic qualifications and by monitoring the employment rate of graduating students.


    There is a risk that only part of the funding materialises but we have a number of committed supporters who are in regular contact with the school. We will ensure that they are fully informed so that they could help with any shortfall of funding.


    We will supply progress reports, photographs of our project, budgets and where necessary, appropriate receipts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,380

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,410 Building works Foundation works
      £3,617 Building works Block work and steps
      £1,891 Building works Concrete works
      £2,293 Building works Wood works, roof and ceiling
      £2,599 Building works Roofing
      £2,225 Building works Doors and windows
      £1,596 Building works Finishing, painting and decoration
      £2,073 Building works Plumbing and electrical works
      £5,676 Building works Transport and workmanship costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    CSTWF £5,800 Guaranteed
    Electric Aid £12,290 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The school is based in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Makeni is a town with an estimated population of 105,000 in central Sierra Leone. It was badly affected by the civil war and still has no mains electricity or mains water. Roads around and out of Makeni are in poor condition and the transport of goods to and from Makeni is difficult. The school was destroyed in the civil war (only the walls remained standing) and has been trying to rebuild over the last ten years.


    The older hearing impaired students who currently only have access to limited facilities within the current curriculum at the mainstream school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired has played an essential role in the care and education of hearing impaired children since 1979. It is the only school in West Africa that offers primary education and language acquisition according to the Maternal Reflective Method (MRM). In conjunction with MRM, the students are also encouraged to develop their lip-reading skills, as few people in society will be able to communicate with them via sign language.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sister Mary Sweeney

    Director of St Joseph's School for the Hearing Impaired and Special Education Department at the University of Makeni

    Zoe Pellatt

    Director's Assistant and Fundraiser. Responsible for all budgets, monitoring and evaluation of staff, and reporting to donors.

    Monica Tomlin

    Volunteer educational audiologist. Specialist science and maths teacher. Will assist in training the teachers.

    Linda Freestone

    Chair and trustee of the Friends of St Joseph's School for the Hearing Impaired.