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Sep 10, 2020

Rokassa Senior High School is a "Dream Come True"

SSS Construction is Completed
SSS Construction is Completed

Through the efforts of our board of directors, the generous support of our donors and the participation of the members of the Rokassa community, we are delighted to announce that the construction of the EduNations Hope Academy Senior Secondary School in Rokassa has been completed!

Back in 2014, Pa Alhaji Kamara, the principal landowner and most senior stakeholder in Rokassa village told us: “We have a huge piece of land, but our subsistence farming cannot bring us lasting development. Please build us a school.” At that time, the village of about 280 with about 200 school-aged children never had a school, nor had the six surrounding villages of over 1,000 population. The very few people that went to school from Rokassa, who Pa Kamara could count on his hands, had to commute eight miles a day to find the nearest school or live away from their families to attend schools in other towns. With so few people getting an education and no hope for a different future, life in Rokassa brought a high infant mortality rate, undiagnosed illnesses, and practices such as early arranged marriages, child labor, and female genital mutilation. Without schools to provide a catalyst for change, the outlook for the future was bleak.

But with Pa Kamara’s invitation, EduNations recognized an opportunity to help transform of the community. The EduNations board voted to build a nursery school and a primary school to prepare students for the National Primary School Examinations. When the first students began to graduate and pass these exams, Junior Secondary Schools were started for these students to continue their schooling. Since Sierra Leone operates a 6-3-3-4 system of education (6 years of Primary school, 3 years of Junior Secondary School, 3 years of Senior Secondary School and 4 years of university education), these students had 3 years to prepare for another national exam called the Basic Certificate of Education Examination (BECE). Planning on their success, EduNations started evaluating options to build a Senior Secondary School.

Given there are other EduNations Hope Academies in Fintonia, Mapainda, Mayatta, Makump, and Gbenekoro and Rokassa was the most central location for all, it was decided to build the Senior Secondary School in Rokassa as a boarding home school for boys and girls which will cater (at least for its first three years of operations) for only students from the EduNations Hope Academies. Our objective was to continue to provide a completely free education in a safe learning environment to these students (some of whom have been with us for over 8 years).

As the students begin taking their BECE exams, we can now turn to the second phase of the project which is to complete the construction of the dormitories and furnish both the classrooms and the dormitories. This is a huge undertaking with a fairly short timeline as everything is to be in place by January 2021 but we have faith that all our needs will be provided. There are many needs still to be filled: shelves, books, desks and chairs for the library; science equipment for the laboratory; computers, desks and chairs for the computer lab; bedding for dormitories; equipment and supplies for the kitchen and dining hall.

Today we chose to rejoice in the blessing of a completely built Senior Secondary school in the village of Rokassa.  And the best part of all this is that Pa Kamara has lived to see his dream fulfilled and a different future forming for Rokassa thanks to your support.

Stage for Assemblies
Stage for Assemblies

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May 20, 2020

Schools may be closed, but learning is not!

Homeschooling Program
Homeschooling Program

Times are challenging right now. In a very short amount of time, our world has turned upside-down and our near future is filled with so many unknowns. As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and volunteers remains of upmost importance to us. Due to their exemplary work in responding to the Ebola crisis that hit parts of Africa a few years ago, our outstanding staff in Sierra Leone is well prepared for a time such as this. 

On March 31, the government of Sierra Leone mandated that all schools in Sierra Leone be shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately for EduNations, we had anticipated the closure of schools and were able to adjust the school calendar to allow all our schools to complete their second term examinations. Even though schools were forced to close, the government of Sierra Leone has declared that all national exams will still take place in July. These exams determine if students can move forward to the next grade level, so it is crucial that our students be prepared to take them.

Since most of our students live in remote villages with no internet access, EduNations has developed a homeschooling program for the students who are required to take national exams this year. A study packet has been delivered to each student to help prepare them. Our teachers have also returned to the villages and have been assigned a small handful of students to tutor one-on-one each day while remaining socially distant and wearing face masks for protection.

We are so grateful for our teachers who are continuing to overcome obstacles and make a difference in the lives of their students. Our administrative staff will continue their work and will remain engaged with the communities we serve. We as an organization will continue to remain true to our mission and will continue to support all of our staff, students, and communities during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued support as we all navigate this difficult time together. 

Jan 21, 2020

Excellent Exam Scores by EduNations Students

Each year, all class 6 students in Sierra Leone take the National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) in math, language arts, English, and more to determine if they can pass on to junior secondary school and receive a middle school education. The strong performance of EduNations’ students in these compulsory national exams speaks very well of the high quality of the instruction they have received.

For the 2018-19 National Primary School examinations, we are proud to report that 91% (or 130 of the 143) of the EduNations students passed!  Now these students are admitted to junior secondary schools and are pursuing their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) to be taken in grade 9. We are so proud of our students for their hard work and academic achievement!

Our thanks and appreciation goes to our hard-working teaching staff for all their efforts to train our students so well.

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