Project information

Closing the Gap in Sierra Leone

This program will provide 10 primary and secondary schools in Sierra Leone’s Moyamba District, with IT learning facilities for the first time. This will enable up to 12,000 students in the next 3-4 years, to gain access to 21st century skills and secure skilled employment in later life.

July 2016 - June 2017

Charity information: Computer Aid International

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  • Need

    Need

    Sierra Leone suffers from poor infrastructure and low education standards especially in rural areas.
    Educators face strained and demotivating teaching conditions; the pupil to teacher ratio (50:1 in Moyamba), means that classrooms are overcrowded. A lack of training and teaching materials makes it difficult to keep students engaged in school. Only 60% of students are the right age for the grade they’re in makes talk-and-chalk pedagogy impractical in with large and varied classes.

    Solution


    This project will help schools otherwise overlooked to improve their teaching, learning, educational management and enabling students to access information. Computer Aid has selected 10 institutes in Moyamba (an area with high illiteracy and some of the highest pupil teacher ratios), to benefit from the project and we are working closely with our local partners Njala University to deliver teacher training and enable free internet access to each schools.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve educational resources, enhance teaching standards and student and teacher motivation.

    Activities

    » Supply computer classrooms, access to inter-institutional teacher training and open access to online resources to help teachers enhance lessons.

    Computer Aid will carry out student and teacher baseline, interim and end-of-year surveys to measure change in motivation, skill acquisition, achievement and drop out rates.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Improve teacher capacity to animate complex subjects like maths and science by putting them in touch with e-learning resources.
    Improve teacher networking and reducing isolation by connecting them with Njala University and other teachers through online networks.
    Reduce teacher admin freeing up time to focus on other areas of development; (currently all reports and lesson plans are prepared manually).
    Activate student-centric learning and exploration.
    We will capture change through surveys.

    Risk

    Prohibitive customs clearance is one risk item that Computer Aid have already raised a contingency budget for.
    We have also taken into account long-term maintenance considerations and have a long-standing agreement with Njala University, critical to the efficient long-term educational use of the PCs, knowledge sharing on methods to integrate ICT with local teaching norms and timely technical support.
    We will also complete two in-country visits to assess and respond to any challenges faced.

    Reporting

    Computer Aid will provide an interim report 6 months into the academic year and a final report at the end of the academic year. This report will provide comparative updates of the data collated and student and teacher feedback.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £66,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £24,430 ICT Equipment Shipping and Supply of ICT Equipment to 10 schools
      £15,110 Customs, Install and Training Customs clearance, installation and training to at least 3 teachers per school x 10 schools
      £10,518 Visits Visits and in-country needs assessment
      £16,842 Project Management Project Management: Fundraising and Programs team, Logistics team and Finance team time

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Winton Charitable Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
    Pat Newman Foundation £3,000 Guaranteed
    Online £500 Guaranteed
    MIchael Cornish Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    SC and ME Morland's Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    British and Foreign Schools Society £35,625 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries, ranking 180th out of 187 in the Human Development Index. Moyamba has been selected due to limited investment and high illiteracy. Moyamba is faces regression due to the tragic wave of Ebola and trends include:
    -Key areas like education are eclipsed
    -Non-crisis NGO’s bow-out of on-the-ground activity.
    This causes tremendous instability; a generation of children is overshadowed by a shortage of opportunities at a critical point in their lives.

    Beneficiaries

    Computer Aid and Njala University have selected 10 institutes (Primary and Secondary Schools and one Youth Training Centre), to benefit from the project that: would not otherwise be able to afford access to ICT, are in rural and otherwise isolated communities within Moyamba, allow for equitable access to ICT resources to both boys and girls.
    The project will train at least 3 teachers per school and impact up to 12,000 students during the equipment's lifetime.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Computer Aid is one of the world’s most experienced enablers in technology for development. Since 1997, we have helped over 15 million people around the world access technology and change their futures, sending over 230,000 ICT solutions to where they are most needed.
    Our eHealth programs save lives, our educational computing improves the life-chances of over 9 million children and our support to grassroots organizations has raised development work in agriculture and environmental issues.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ludovic Gautier

    Partnerships Manager at Computer Aid International - he will be visiting Sierra Leone and carrying out interviews and assessing teacher needs.

    Christina Constantino

    Fundraising Manager at Computer Aid International - carrying out weekly calls with in-country partners, reporting and visits.

    Thomas Songhu

    Head of IT for Njala University - managing a social responsibility team at the University who will deliver training, installation and updates.