Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.


Boys traditionally receive preferential access to educational opportunities. This project is helping to level the playing field by supporting the education and development of girls. It provides scholarships to girls who are at risk of dropping out of school. The project also provides training in self-esteem, critical thinking skills, teenage pregnancy awareness and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. The girls receive guidance and counseling to stay on track with their educational goals.
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According to UNICEF 2016 statistics, among youth 15-24 yrs in Sierra Leone, from 2009-2014, the literacy rate for males is 73% and that of girls is 56%. Early marriage hinders girls from pursuing an education and gaining independence. A preference for boys' education remains dominant in many family / community circles - with boys getting priority access to limited opportunities. This mindset has impeded the progress and development of girls.


Project focuses on the factors that contribute to the economic empowerment of girls. It has a three-pronged strategy: financial, empowerment, and life-skills and social support. Girls are encouraged to continue their education and financial support is provided to make this a reality. Targeted training is provided to ensure that the girls have the life skills and mindset needed for success and continual progress. Vocational and business opportunities ensure progress towards self sufficiency.

Long-Term Impact

This project is helping girls to break out of the vicious cycle that entraps unskilled and resource-poor girls. At-risk girls are maturing into well-educated, emancipated, gainfully employed and self-sufficient women. These empowered women are the pillars of their families, communities and the nation. When the mother of the home is educated, the health, well-being and success of the entire family is propelled forward and transformed. Educated girls educate the entire nation.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Enhanced Participation of Women in Development
Promoting Gender Equality
Harnessing the power of data for girls
Invest in the future of a Girl- Youtube Video

Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
$36,153 raised of $50,000 goal
716 donations
$13,847 to go
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