The QEP is EducAid’s teacher training programme. We have been running this programme since 2012 and we immediately saw the impact of our work. In 2015 we were accepted for a grant from the European Union to further develop our work in this area, and since the receipt of this grant we have been able to further engage several integral donors and supporters to help us roll out this programme.
The EU’s support has enabled us to massively scale up our operations in Sierra Leone, and to undertake a scale of teacher training that can deliver genuine systemic impact across the Port Loko District. It is with the help of our early-adopting partners that we established the grounding for this increased funding, and it is support from a donor of this prestige and size that will enable to us to create the impact that we have always had ambition to do.
In Sierra Leone, approximately 40% of the teachers are trained and qualified. The other teachers are doing their best in trying circumstances and for little pay. As a result, there is a significant issue of quality at every level of Sierra Leone’s education system. In response to this situation, EducAid has started an outreach programme to support the quality of education being provided in schools with which it partners.
In 2012, EducAid partnered with the first round of 13 Junior Secondary Schools – QEP
In 2013, the programme was extended to an additional 18 primary schools – QEPM
In 2014, the QEPM programme has been rolled out to 32 schools.
Significantly driven by the support from the EU we will deliver these figures over the next 4 years:
- develop 45 leaders
- train 60 teacher-trainers and 480 teachers
- work with 80 schools
- impact 16,000 students, 5,000 of which will be female.
We have a unique and established course programme that focuses on a number of key areas. These techniques and programmes demonstrably improve engagement, attendance, and performance in class. Not only do we work with the staff of the schools, but we engage with the entire community and enable a long-term and sustainable change. Some of the key areas that we work with schools on are:
- Girl friendly strategies
- Positive behaviour management
- Thinking and active teaching methodologies
- Independent learning strategies
- Accurate subject content
- Values led teaching
Quality Enhancement Programme (for Junior Secondary Schools)
Because education has so long been neglected in Sierra Leone, the QEP is seen as a real opportunity to make changes for a good number of children. This programme has significance for over 1850 girls and 1500 boys, making a total of over 3350 children from 13 schools in rural Port Loko and 1 from Kono. These children are now being taught accurate subject content with active and participatory methodologies but are also being taught in an environment where girls are increasingly valued and discipline is more and more about personal choices rather than sanctions or violence.
Quality Enhancement Programme in Maronka for primary schools (QEPM)
The Quality Enhancement Programme in Maronka (QEPM) is a support programme for primary schools wishing to partner with EducAid with the intention of enhancing the quality of the teaching and learning in their schools. The idea of the QEPM is to engage with the whole school and community to encourage all actors to step up their game and ensure that the students get the best possible education.
After an initial engagement with the community, principal and staff, class teachers are invited to the Maronka Teacher Training Centre for one-week training sessions in literacy teaching followed by one-week training sessions in numeracy teaching. These sessions are designed for classes 1 and 2 teachers together and then classes 3 and 4 with the final session for teachers of classes 5 and 6.
Once the teachers have gone back to their schools, EducAid staff go to spend a day in each participating school, in order to see the impact of the trainings. Very quickly, we have found that there are significant changes in all participating schools and that there is great appreciation from both staff and students.