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Project information

Reviving Primary Education in Sierra Leone

To dramatically improve the quality of primary education available to children in the remote and impoverished district of Kambia, northern Sierra Leone.

January 2012 - September 2014

Charity information: Children in Crisis

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  • Need


    Less than half of girls and two-thirds of boys complete primary school in Kambia. Education resources are extremely limited and families and communities must pay the majority of education costs, excluding the poorest and most marginalised. This project tackles the four key barriers to education that we have identified; 1) poorly or untrained teachers, 2) discrimination against and abuse of girls, 3) lack of parental support for children's education, and 4) lack of resources for schools.


    The project will provide teacher training to reduce the skill deficit and tackle harsh physical discipline, gender inequality and sexual exploitation. Head teachers and school governance bodies will benefit from sessions on school management, gender equality and child protection. Parents will attend adult education 'circles' to improve literacy and encourage social change. 'Community Education Support' groups will be given training and funding to generate direct benefits for schools.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved completion, participation and quality of education for 15,000 children in Kambia


    » Teacher training will be provided to reduce the skill deficit and tackle harsh physical discipline, gender inequality and sexual exploitation.
    » Head teachers and school governance bodies will benefit from sessions on school management and child protection.
    » Parents will attend adult education 'circles' to improve literacy and encourage parental support for schooling.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 14% increase in net enrolment across boys and girls and 315 teachers from 45 schools attending teacher training for 3 weeks.

    Aim 2

    Improved attitudes and practices towards girls' education amongst parents and teachers


    » Teachers and school management training will include specific modules on gender equality.
    » Women teachers will be actively encouraged to attend the training.
    » Mothers will be actively encouraged to attend the literacy and adult education sessions.
    » Gender equality in decision-making will be promoted in Community Education Support Groups.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a 10% decrease in girls dropping out of primary education before completing Grade 6.

    Aim 3

    Increased school capacity to mobilise human and financial resources to address pupils' needs


    » Community Education Support Groups will allow influential community members to lead educational planning and encourage local participation.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the formation of 12 Community Education Support Groups generating resources for their school through micro-projects.

  • Impact


    Investment of training, money and labour builds educational capability and is the core strategy for sustainable success. Advocacy work led by our local partner FAWE Sierra Leone is the second strategy. Organised communities are in a better position to negotiate and attract state resources, and support a move towards quality schooling for all in the medium to long term.


    Local communities may be slow to embrace the cultural change of girls’ education, a risk which will be addressed by “whole community” training and a focus on practical change. Detailed, realistic transport strategies and budgets will address difficult access and transport to schools around Kambia. Risk of poor participation from local stakeholders will be addressed by participatory teaching methods and strong relationships with NGO partners in the region.


    Improvement of teachers and school governance will be tracked by pre- and post-training questionnaires, classroom observations and follow-up visits. A full external evaluation will be conducted at the project’s end, with tailored financial and narrative reports produced for funding partners.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £660,739

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      Amount Heading Description
      £48,793 Capital Expenditure Project vehicle, in-country computer equipment, Kamabia office set-up costs
      £184,239 Project Activities Training of teachers, school governance, community education support groups and adult literacy
      £183,006 Human Resources Salaries of teacher trainers and project management staff
      £66,465 In-Country Office Costs Local transportation and office rent
      £101,425 Monitoring and Evaluation Visits to and from remote project areas, internal and external evaluation costs
      £76,811 Project Administration Office running costs, finance and project logistics

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    DFID £444,846 Guaranteed
    Jersey Overseas Aid Commission £54,537 Guaranteed
  • Background


    With a combined population of over 70,000, Bramaia, Gbinleh-Dixon and Masungbola are three of the poorest chiefdoms in Kambia, one of the poorest districts in Sierra Leone. The principle economic activity of the region comes from using local land for cultivation, cattle rearing and other agricultural activities. General school enrolment in the district is low; the sex ratio in the enrolment is almost 1:2 in favour of males. The number of trained teachers is inadequate, with 72% unqualified.


    Over the duration of the project 15,000 pupils will directly benefit from being taught by the newly trained teachers. 973 community members will have attended the adult learning programmes. Altogether, the project will benefit 7361 females, 8612 males and 42 disabled community members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Children in Crisis has 15 years' experience supporting vulnerable children's access to quality education. We have delivered contextually-relevant training to thousands of teachers through projects in East Timor, the DRC, Liberia and Sierra Leone. External evaluations have given us confidence in the methods that have proved successful in rural and isolated communities, which have been adapted to the specific needs of the Kambian communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amanda Jones

    As Programme Manager Amanda will bring expertise to the project's budgeting, monitoring and evaluation activities.

    Sarah Rowse

    As CiC's Director of Programmes, Sarah will bring 10 years of international development experience to overseeing the project's strategy and delivery.

    Joseph Kamara

    As in-country Project Officer Joseph will take a lead role in activity planning, logistics and team management.

    Beatrice Baguma

    With 8 years experience as a primary school teacher and 16 years in the NGO sector, Beatrice will take a lead role in teacher training.