Project information

REC Primary School Partnership

To help lay the foundation for lasting peace and prosperity in Sierra Leone by supporting good quality education, particularly for the poor and most vulnerable. Our intervention will open opportunities for the young.

June 2012 - June 2014

Charity information: The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust

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  • Need


    The school we are working with is in a small village in the Western Area of Sierra Leone and lacks the facilities to provide a quality education for its 300 pupils. The facilities lacking include running water, electricity, textbooks, supplementary books and inadequately trained teachers.


    We will use a range of strategies that will (a) address the most pressing needs (b) provide resources that will enable long-term remedies and (c) work to empower the school administration to be more pro-active. We will look to partnerships with other larger charities to help the school become electrified and computer-enabled. Will work with the school to develop skills and systems that will maintain and support inputs provided (both physical and educational).

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the physical infrastructure of the school by providing running water and painting walls.


    » Hire a contractor to carry out the installation of the tap and storage tank. hopefully with the help of volunteers for unskilled labour.

    What success will look like

    The new water supply has already been installed and the school now has clean, running water by the toilets, the kitchen and outside the staff room.

    Aim 2

    Improving teaching/learning environment of the school


    » Provide a small stock of textbooks to supplement those provided by the government to enable every child to have access to required texts.
    » Help school to set up a small library to provide supplementary reading and educational materials.
    » Provide workshops for teachers to help them upgrade their skills in core subjects and the development of teaching aids.

    What success will look like

    We have been able to provide the school with a stock of textbooks and we are planning a series of training workshop for teachers. External assessment results to improve.

    Aim 3

    To help the school provide access to 21st century knowledge and skills for pupils and community


    » To help the school get solar power
    » To help school get access to computers and manage them in a way that will provide an income to the school.
    » To help school set up and manage electrified rooms that can be used by pupils and community (e.g. homework rooms, meeting rooms).

    What success will look like

    Success will be the provision and use of computers by administration, teachers and pupils and establishment of a system to manages computers.

  • Impact


    The school should be a healthier place with reduced absences of pupils. Both the teaching and learning should proved, to be demonstrated through the internal and external assessments. The school should have a stock of textbooks to make up shortages. The computers available should provide opportunities to support the learning of pupils and provide internet services to the community. To improve youth morale by developing a recreation centre for young people in community


    Failure to raise funds to support activities: are broadening our fund-raising efforts to ensure there is enough money available.
    Loss of key individuals: working with school administration as a whole to ensure broad understanding and support of project activities.


    Reports every school term on activities undertaken, expenditure and systems put in place to manage resources.
    Final report after two years on changes in place.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 building solar panels
      £3,500 workshops skills upgrading for teachers
      £6,500 recreation/learning centre purchase of equipment
  • Background


    The project is located in primary school a small seaside village on the Atlantic coast in Sierra Leone.


    The school has 300 pupils and they and their families will be immediate beneficiaries as will be the ten teachers at the school and the neighbouring school.
    The community is a small seaside village, the population gain a living from fishing and small-scale agriculture. The village is poor and school/community collaboration needs to be strengthened.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    W have been in existence for 11 years and have gained valuable experience in providing support to schools. While there are several larger charities/NGOs who specialize in providing support to education, our small size means that we can focus on one or two schools at a time and work directly with the school to determine their priorities and get feedback about the effectiveness of our interventions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs. Christiana Johnson -- Head Teacher (Partner)

    Is working with us to refine and prioritise the activities requested by the school Will play a major in managing inputs and impact of resources.

    Ms. Melrose Asgill -- Volunteer Project Coordinator

    Promotes communication between school and charity. Uses her experience to help school in management of activities.

    Karin Hyde -- Trustee, Volunteer

    Oversight, use of international development experience to advice on activities; networks to raise funds, source inputs (books, experts, computers etc)

    Nemata Walker -- Trustee, Volunteer

    Resident in Freetown, oversight, use of experience to advice on activities; networks to raise funds, source inputs (books, experts, equipment, etc)

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