Last week and for the next 5 weeks at our Maronka site we hosted teachers from 65 primary schools to begin the next phase of the Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge (SLEIC) with a training in literacy, numeracy and strategies to improve teaching and classroom management.
Written by Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Sulwe is a powerful picture book about self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within.
Sulwe has skin the colour of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. Sulwe finally learns to embrace and celebrate the ‘dark and beautiful, bright and strong’.
“A welcome celebration of Black girls, an important lesson for all kids (and grownups), and a necessary message for any child who has been made to feel unworthy of love on account of their looks.” – Booklist
It’s Trustees’ Week, a time for us to come together and celebrate our board and thank them for their amazing work.
Our trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing EducAid to ensure it works towards its charitable objectives and in line with Charity Commission guidelines. They volunteer their time to oversee the governance of EducAid, making decisions about our policies, charitable objectives and strategy. Trustees have a collective responsibility to act in EducAid’s best interest. Thank you!
At EducAid we recognise the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) as a key element of education. SEL is the process through which children acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and establish and maintain collaborative relationships. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially.
SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower children and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.
This year EducAid is part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge!
The Big Give runs UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, the Christmas Challenge. From 12:00/noon Tuesday 29 November to 12:00/noon Tuesday 6 December you can support EducAid by donating to our campaign on the Big Give site and your donation will be doubled! Yes! One donation, twice the impact!
The funds raised will be used to support our Junior and Senior Secondary schools at Rolal, in the Port Loko district. This school is one of the strongest in the district, winning multiple awards over the years. It is EducAid’s largest school serving over 260 students, including 214 students who call Rolal school home.
Share our Big Give Christmas Challenge posts on your social media and encourage your family and friends to donate!
Today is World Children’s Day and the annual commemoration of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Adopted on 20 November 1989, the CRC is the most universally accepted human rights treaty. The convention regards children as human beings and individuals with their own rights, not just as objects who belong to their parents and for whom decisions are made. It sets out the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. Despite the adoption of the CRC, millions of children around the world continue to suffer violations of their rights when they are denied adequate health care, nutrition, education, and protection from violence.
At EducAid, we promote and advocate for the right of children to live, be safe, develop, and have a say in decisions concerning their lives. We believe that education is not only a fundamental human right but also essential for the exercise of all other human rights. Through education, children are empowered to build a future where they can make the most of their life, fight poverty, level inequalities and ensure sustainable development.
#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. Join the movement and make the commitment to give something to someone in need each Tuesday: some of your time, a donation, any act of generosity.
You can start today by making someone smile. Next week, make your #GivingTuesday really special and donate to EducAid on the Big Give site.
From Tuesday 29 November to Tuesday 6 December EducAid will be part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge and all donations will be doubled!
EducAid’s Strong Girl Incubator (SGI) provides girls and young women who are re-entering school with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to successfully return to mainstream education. It is an accelerated learning programme with mentoring and peer support. In addition to the academic work that begins with basic literacy and numeracy before progressing to mathematics, language and arts, participants enjoy workshops, sisterhood circles and other activities designed to create support networks, to increase self-esteem, and to build resilience. The SGI provides a safe, judgement-free space for girls to learn together, creating a built-in support network led by female role models.
In the school year 2021-22, EducAid’s SGI helped 50 girls and young women to go back to education. Out of the 50 students enrolled, 48 successfully transitioned to mainstream secondary school. Also, an additional 40 schoolgirls from our mainstream secondary schools were able to attend SGI classes for short periods of time as a remedial programme to strengthen their foundational skills
Interviews with students and teachers showed that the programme has a remarkable impact on positive social behavioural change. After a few weeks of participation, most girls and young women displayed increased self-awareness and improved relational and communication skills. These soft skills are important as they contribute to the development of healthy social behaviours necessary to actively participate in society.
EducAid’s commitment is to maintain the high quality of delivery of the SGI while increasing the number of girls and young women who can benefit from it. We strongly believe that by improving gender equality the SGI can contribute significantly to reducing poverty in Sierra Leone.
Last school year EducAid’s Strong Girl Incubator (SGI) helped 50 girls and young women to go back to education. Out of the 50 students enrolled, 48 successfully transitioned to mainstream secondary school. The SGI also served as a remedial programme for 40 schoolgirls to strengthen their foundational skills and support their learning in secondary school.
Only this week your donations to EducAid will be doubled by the #BigGive2022#ChristmasChallenge22. Our ambitious goal is to raise £6,000 from online donations that will be matched for a grand total of £12,000!
Share our Big Give Christmas Challenge posts on your social media and encourage your family and friends to donate!
Today’s the Day! Rolal Donations Doubled – https://mailchi.mp/…/todays-the-day-rolal-donations…
It’s the second day of the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022!
This year we are raising funds to support our Junior and Secondary schools in Rolal, Port Loko district.
Some facts about EducAid Rolal:
-In 2022 Rolal scored some of the highest secondary school exam results in Sierra Leone – top ten for WASSCE.
-In 2021, Rolal was chosen as one of 120 schools around the world to be showcased as part of World Education Week.
-In November, Rolal hosted an English Fair, where 17 teachers and 146 students from various secondary schools in Port Loko gathered to share fun ways to learn and teach English.
-Rolal has regularly been featured in the Guardian and BBC for their efforts through the pandemic and recently for keeping pregnant students learning.
-Rolal students were chosen as one of two teams to represent Sierra Leone in Plan International’s Education Uninterrupted Incubator. They will create video content and become ambassadors of STEM education.
-Rolal’s Leadership Team trained in a PDIA approach (Problem-Derived Iterative Adaptation) developed at Harvard University and has been working with local education leaders to develop a District Education Sector plan for Port Loko.
-Rolal organised and hosted the first Rolal reunion for alumni at the end of 2021
International Volunteer Day is a moment to recognize and promote the tireless work of volunteers across the globe. Every day, volunteers get involved in solving problems, work for the inclusion of those often left behind, drive climate action, dedicate time and effort to help build a better and safer future for us all. On International Volunteer Day 2022, the world celebrates the theme of solidarity through volunteering. It is an encouragement to act together for our future and the future of our planet. This is not an era to stand alone but together, as one, in solidarity with each other.
Today we want to thank all the volunteers who contribute to EducAid’s work in our schools, in our offices and from home. Thank you for the gift of your time and expertise, thank you for your commitment to making the difference, thank you for being an inspiration to us all. We are privileged to have you in our team.
From 29 November to 6 December EducAid participated in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, with the ambitious goal of raising £6,000 from online donations. These donations would be matched to raise a total of £12,000.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to reach our goal in less than 24 hours! After that, our campaign received more donations every day, for a total of £13,410 raised in only one week.
All of these funds will be used for EducAid’s Junior and Senior Secondary schools at Rolal, in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. In these schools, we provide free, high-quality education to more than 260 students. In Rolal, EducAid also provides support to vulnerable girls and young women to re-enter and stay in secondary education through the Strong Girl Incubator.
If you missed the chance to support us during The Big Give Christmas Challenge, you can still make a donation using the donate button on our website (link).
It’s time for EducAid’s Book Club! Today we talk about “Desmond and the Very Mean Word”, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams.
When Desmond takes his new bicycle out for a ride through his neighborhood, a group of boys shout a very mean word at him. With the help of kindly Father Trevor, Desmond comes to understand his conflicted feelings and see that all people deserve compassion, whether or not they say they are sorry.
Based on a true story from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s childhood in South Africa, “Desmond and the Very Mean Word” reveals the power of words and the secret of forgiveness.
EducAid is a partner of the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education in the Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge (SLEIC). EducAid is working with 65 schools (serving more than 20,000 students!) and training more than 500 teachers in literacy, numeracy and classroom management.
Congratulations to all our Rolal students receiving certificates for their merits and engagement in community service. By volunteering in support of their communities, children and young people learn the value of helping others and experience the gratification that comes from contributing to the common good.
Would you like to help EducAid in other ways than a donation? Or do you want your donation to go the extra mile? Below, please find some other great ways to support our organisation:
Follow us on social media
Social media presence helps us share the story of EducAid and our work! Please follow us on Instagram @educaidsl, Facebook @EducAid Sierra Leone, Twitter @educaidldn and LinkedIn @EducAid Sierra Leone.
Share, like and interact with our posts on social media
The more interaction we have on our posts; the greater the audience we meet. Help us spread the word!
Speak about EducAid and our work to people you know
Shout out our name in a room full of people. The more people who know about our work, the better connections we can build.
Volunteer within us!
We sometimes have a need for qualified people to help in specific areas of our operations – both remotely and in Sierra Leone. For more details of volunteer opportunities please see our website https://www.educaid.org.uk/get-involved/
We also have been astounded by the generosity of our partners and supporters who have donated resources. Past resources include professional services, office space, computers and many more! If you have resources you feel could help EducAid, please let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraise for us
EducAid’s success is only possible due to funding from wonderful fundraisers – schools, churches, birthday campaigns, fundraising events, world marathons and wedding registry gifts to name a few. There are so many ways to fundraise; for more information please see our website https://www.educaid.org.uk/get-involved or feel free to contact us email@example.com with your fundraising ideas. Thank you for helping us make our work possible!
Sun, 25 Dec – Merry Christmas
Our very best wishes to you and your loved ones – Merry Christmas!
Tue, 27 Dec
Good nutrition is important for quality education.
At EducAid we make sure that our students have access to school meals and are healthy and ready to learn.
Good teachers have the power to inspire children and young people to dream of doing extraordinary things.Today we want to thank all EducAid teachers for touching the lives of our students, leading them by example and shaping them to reach their full potential.
We hope you will enjoy these holidays with your families and friends, and we are looking forward to having you back in class in 2023!
Sat, 31 Dec
A huge thanks to all EducAid’s friends and supporters for a great 2022. It was a busy year full of challenges and hard work. Thank you all for contributing to some important achievements of 2022:
EducAid Rolal placed in the top ten schools in Sierra Leone for WASSCE and highest performing school in the northwest region.
Our students obtained a 100% pass rate at the NPSE (national pass rate 81.2%).
Our Strong Girl Incubator helped 50 girls and young women to go back to education, of which 48 successfully transitioned to mainstream secondary school. The programme will welcome 95 students for the school year 2022-23.
After successfully completing the 3-years Education Innovation Challenge, EducAid is now a partner of the MBSSE in the Sierra Leone Education Innovation Challenge (SLEIC) with the Education Outcomes Fund. EducAid is working with 65 schools (serving more than 20,000 students) and training more than 500 teachers in literacy, numeracy and classroom management.
EducAid’s degree course in Business Administration & Management (BAM) with the University of Makeni had 8 more graduates.
In October, EducAid premiered its girl power song “We Are Like Diamonds” written, played and produced by musician and educator Steve Revington with award-winning community leader and entertainer Saidat on lead vocals.
EducAid participated for the first time in the Big Give Christmas Challenge reaching our target of £12,000 in less than 24 hours and finally raising £13,410 to support our schools in Rolal.
EducAid’s work was featured in the Guardian, BBC, and the Economist.