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Project information

Expanding primary education in Sierra Leone

There is a drastic shortage of free, quality primary education for children living in poverty in Sierra Leone. We wish to expand the provision of such education by building extensions to our existing schools in the slums of Freetown and in rural Rogboro and providing much needed learning resources

March 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Planting Promise

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  • Need


    At present, almost a 1/4 of all 6-11 year olds and 35% of the poorest children in this age group in Sierra Leone have never attended school. Of those who do, more than 1/4 do not complete primary education. This is largely due to a lack of funds to afford public education, the scarcity of schools and the acute shortage of teachers, especially qualified teachers. Learning outcomes as a result are very poor.The need is even more pressing now as children have lost a year of education due to Ebola.


    Both schools that Planting Promise runs in Freetown and rural Rogboro have run out of space, are overcrowded and unprotected in the rainy season, and lack good quality resources. By extending these schools and providing resources, we will be able to offer even more children free primary education, facilitate access to school and create an environment that is conducive to learning and improves learning outcomes. We will also continue to provide quality teacher training to our teachers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase access to free education by building good quality extensions to 2 of our primary schools


    » Consult the local community in the plans for the schools and involve them in decision making to ensure they are supportive and their needs are met
    » Agree the building design, contract builders to carry out the work, agree the timeline and have the contract checked by a third party
    » Carefully monitor and report on progress against budget and timeline and the use of the funds

    What success will look like

    The number of students, who would otherwise not be attending school, will grow significantly (currently 620 students) in an environment conducive to teaching and learning

    Aim 2

    To improve the quality of primary education by fitting out the extensions with essential resources


    » Consult the local community in the plans for the schools and involve them in decision making, to ensure they are supportive and their needs are met
    » Procure and transport good quality resources - desks, boards, books, games and activities, then catalogue and fit out the new school extensions

    What success will look like

    Student learning will improve and lead to better outcomes, retention rates will increase and the quality of teachers, through exposure to new learning methods will improve

  • Impact


    It is anticipated that the schools will be funded by the social enterprises that Planting Promise runs in Sierra Leone, and will be owned and run, in the future, by the local community. In the process, the community would have been empowered and jobs would have been created. Good quality, free primary education for greater numbers of boy and girl students who go on to secondary school, will increase earning potential, leading to economic self-sufficiency, gender equity and better health


    Poor building standards are the norm in Sierra Leone and there is always a risk of corruption in the building process as well as in the procurement of resources. To combat this, these will be closely managed on the ground by the PP Country Director as well as the UK-based CEO. Third party advice will be sort on costs and standards and comparisons made with similar projects in the area. Timelines, milestones will be developed, closely monitored and reported and issues addressed as they occur.


    The SL Country Director will communicate weekly with the UK CEO by phone and email and report formally on a monthly basis. The CEO will provide quarterly reports to donors, showing actual expenditure against budget, any necessary corrective action taken and photographic evidence.of progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Materials Concrete for walls and steel for roof
      £7,300 Labour Locally sourced labour for building
      £2,800 Quality control Third party advice, surveying and building control
      £5,500 Equipment and resources Purchase of desks, boards, books, activity games and equipment
      £2,400 Administration and travel Telecoms, stationery, photocopying and travel to sites to monitor progress

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Private donor £2,500 Guaranteed
    Private donor £2,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will take place at 2 schools. Our Freetown school is located in the poorest part of the city, with high population levels, little infrastructure and very few schools. The schools that do exist are often poorly maintained and badly resourced. Our Rogboro school is located around 100 kms from Freetown, is the only school in a sizeable poor rural area and is currently overcrowded with few resources and inadequate space to meet demand.


    With the completion of the Freetown school extension, 370 current and an estimated 185 new students aged 3-12 will benefit. With an average urban family size of 5.5, around 3,000 community members will benefit from the child's education. 250 current and an estimated 125 new students aged 5-12 will benefit in the Rogboro school. With an average family size of 7.7 in rural areas, around 2,900 community members will benefit. Employment for around 8 new teachers will be created.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Planting Promise has developed significant expertise in education in Sierra Leone since it opened its first school in 2008. It now has 1 urban and 2 rural schools, with around 800 students which have been partnered with 2 UK schools, The Hall and Eleanor Palmer Primary for exchange of ideas and teaching and learning methods. Furthermore, it has an innovative social enterprise model, running agricultural and food businesses to sustain its schools into the future and create local ownership.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rocco Falconer

    Founder. Rocco has lived and worked in Sierra Leone for many years and has a deep understanding of operating in a challenging environment.

    Will Hart

    Country Director. Will manages all projects and staff on the ground and will be responsible for managing, monitoring and reporting on this project

    Mrs Kariem

    Head Teacher. Mrs Kariem has worked for PP for 6 years and will advise on the project and act as liaison with the community in both schools

    Mimi St John-Austen

    CEO. Mimi will strategically oversee the project ensuring that it is conducted responsibly and on time. She will report to the Board of Trustees.