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Jul 6, 2020

Schooling for Life Project Report (June 2020)

Progress update

The school year continued through to April 2020 during which Schooling for Life’s (SfL) third (Batch 3) and fourth (Batch 4) cohorts students sat to their second semester examinations of their Employability skills classes. In March 2020, a state of emergency was declared in Sierra Leone in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to other countries worldwide, all educational institutions in Sierra Leone were closed as of 31 March 2020 until further notice. The first COVID-19 case in Sierra Leone was reported on 1 April 2020, forcing SfL to close its doors on 6 April 2020 and suspend all face-to-face activities until further notice.

Every year, SfL organizes a dinner in celebration of the month of Ramadan and to emphasize the family relationship between the team, the students and the trainers. Especially during the hardship of the pandemic, the SfL team wanted to support the students. To that end they decided that instead of sharing a meal with SfL, the organisation would now facilitate a meal for the students and their respective families at home. To that end, SfL staff delivered a package with basic ingredients like rice and oil to each students’ house (19 students in total) for them to celebrate the annual Ramadan dinner with their own families.

To ensure learning continuity into students’ third semester, SfL is transitioning its Employability skills classes to an online format, delivered remotely. A preliminary pilot demonstrated that SfL’s courses can be formatted in such a way that they can be accessed online (on phones) by students in Sierra Leone. Specifically, initial feedback after a pilot with SFL students confirmed that SfL’s courses were compatible with both mobile phone and computers and were also manageable within local content and infrastructure. Additionally, surveyed students indicated that course assignments and videos were easy to download, view and submit, and that they enjoyed continuing their learning experience online.

To keep the students engaged during the initial stop of the skills classes, SfL felt the need to keep engaging students and therefore quickly continued with the personal guidance by phone. Every two weeks the students continue with the development of their personal development goals and have a chance to discuss their challenges within the context of the pandemic.

May has been used by SfL to further develop the transition to remote learning in the form of an online learning platform as well as online content. Despite the pandemic, SfL students who are employed continue to excel in their jobs and to find new employment.

Student focus

SfL is happy to make the following announcements regarding its students.

  • In March, SfL did several COVID-19 sensitisation trainings with both batches of students. Teaching and following up on measurements put in place by the government as well as within SfL that needed to be transferred by the students into their home environment.
  • In April 2020, students from Batch 3 and Batch 4 sat their second semester examination. References continued with adjusted schedules and grading has been done and almost everyone passed all their courses.
  • In May 2020, SfL informed guardians of students’ progress in the Skills for a Successful Future programme through letter drop off by SfL staff as a replacement of the regular student-guardian end of semester meetings that normally take place.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students from Batch 3 created flyers about measures to take that were shared by SfL after which they collaboratively, as a group, created a video aimed at raising awareness about the virus and disseminating information related to infection prevention and control.

We are proud of, and would like to congratulate, all of our students for their outstanding educational and professional accomplishments to date!

We would also like to thank all of our donors for their generous donations. It is because of your support that our students are able to succeed and secure a brighter future!

Remember, making a donation is easy: simply access Schooling for Life’s online campaign.

Best regards,

Sjierly

Country Director & Founder

 

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Mar 6, 2020

Schooling for Life Project Report (March 2020)

Progress update

The school year continued through to December 2019, which marked end-of-year Christmas activities for students in Schooling for Life’s (SfL) second (Batch 2), third (Batch 3) and fourth (Batch 4) cohorts, as well as SfL trainers and staff. Students in the third and fourth cohorts (Batch 3 and 4, respectively) took their first semester examination. Students in Batch 3 also had their group guidance session at the close of the semester.

January 2020 marked the resumption of second semester Personal Guidance sessions and skills classes for Batch 3 and 4 students. Student guardian meetings were also held for Batch 3 and 4 students, in order to discuss performance in the first semester. In February 2020, a series of meetings were held with Batch 3 and 4 students to discuss specific behaviours and commitment.

 

Student focus

SfL is happy to make the following announcements regarding its students.

  • In December 2019, a student from Batch 2 who recently received a Diploma in Social Work from Milton Mirgai College of Education and Technology began a short-term contract, working as a Community Liaison Officer with Sudu Salone.
  • In January 2020, one of SfL’s Batch 2 students who recently graduated with a Diploma in Social Work from Milton Mirgai College of Education and Technology Goderich started working as a Field Officer at Dainbenden Federation-Purposeful.
  • In February 2020, a student from Batch 2 awaiting final results from GTI College on Electrical and Electronics Engineering, started working as a Filter Operator at SL Brewery. One of SfL’s Batch 1 students who recently received a diploma in IT Networking from Bluecrest College started working as an IT Assistant at Barmoi Hotel.

 

We are proud of, and would like to congratulate, all of our students for their outstanding educational and professional accomplishments to date!

We would also like to thank all of our donors for their generous donations. It is because of your support that our students are able to succeed and secure a brighter future!

 

Remember, making a donation is easy: simply access Schooling for Life’s online campaign.

Best regards,

Sjierly

Country Director & Founder

 

P.S.: please note that you have been included in this email based on previous contact with Schooling for Life or your subscription to our newsletter. Please contact info@schoolingforlife.net if you wish to be removed from this list.

Dec 9, 2019

Schooling for Life Project Report (December 2019)

Progress update

September marked the start of a new school year at Schooling for Life (SfL). After a rigorous application and assessment process, 12 students were accepted into SfL’s Skills for a Successful Future programme. This fourth cohort of students (Batch 4) already began their employability skills training and personal guidance sessions. They will be pursuing their studies across a wide range of disciplines, including: pharmacy, nursing, electrical and electronics, social work, mechanical engineering, information technology (IT), and banking and finance. Employability skills training and personal guidance also began for the third cohort of students (Batch 3).

SfL was honoured to hold the first graduation ceremony in September 2019 for its first cohort of students (Batch 1) who started the programme in 2015. Each student received a certificate of completion together with a letter of recommendation from SfL. Over the last few months, SfL also held a Master Class for its second, third and fourth cohorts of students (Batch 2, 3 and 4, respectively), which foucsed on “How to be a leader of positive change”.

The last few months were a productive time for SfL, signing memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the following five institutions: BlueCrest College, FLS and IAMTECH Colleges, as well as the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET). These MOUs allow SfL to expand, and strengthen, its academic partnerships.

 

Student focus

SfL is happy to make the following announcements regarding its students.

  • In September, a student from Batch 2 who recently received a Diploma in Business Management from IAMTECH College began their internship, working as a Front Desk Officer with Lacs Villa Hotel.
  • In October, one of SfL’s Batch 1 students who recently graduated with a Diploma in IT from BlueCrest College started working as an Archivist at the United Bank of Africa. Another Batch 1 student who holds a Diploma in Secretarial Studies from MMCET Goderich started working as a Teacher at Ronsab Preparatory School.
  • After working as an Intern, aBatch 2 graduate holding a Diploma in Business Management from IAMTECH College was employed as a Marketer at Finic Factory in November.

We are proud of, and would like to congratulate, all of our students for their outstanding educational and professional accomplishments to date!

We would also like to thank all of our donors for their generous donations. It is because of your support that our students are able to succeed and secure a brighter future!

Remember, making a donation is easy: simply access Schooling for Life’s online campaign.

Best regards,

Sjierly

Country Director & Founder

 

P.S.: please note that you have been included in this email based on previous contact with Schooling for Life or your subscription to our newsletter. Please contact info@schoolingforlife.net if you wish to be removed from this list.

 
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