Every Voice Counts (EVC) is an initiative that we have started within our schools. The objective is to involve all students in the management decisions that go in to running their schools. By involving our students in these decisions, working with staff to identify and resolve issues ranging across pastoral, behavioural and academic areas, they will expect and demand to be involved in decisions that affect them in later life. This initiative was first trialled in 2015, and was rolled out to all schools in 2016. It has shown that there are improvements to policy and management, as well as an improvement in attendance, behaviour and participation.
Demanding to be a part of the democratic process is essential to improving the way that Sierra Leone is governed. Although breaking in to the political elite will be extraordinarily difficult for our students, demanding fair and democratic practices is an essential hurdle that this country will need to overcome to ensure stable development in the future.