On September 6, all 15 EduNations schools opened for the 2021-2022 school year. The first day of school is always a day full of joy for both staff and students. The morning is a sight to behold as parents in the various communities accompany their children to school to wish them well and watch the opening ceremony. Students can be found catching up with old friends and making new ones and teachers always look forward to meeting their new students.
The first day of school is also when students and teachers receive all of their teaching and learning materials for the year, which are provided to them for free so that they are adequately prepared for their studies. In addition, students from Nursery to Senior Secondary School received free uniforms for the upcoming school year.
This year, a total of 1,344 boys are registered in our 15 regular schools while 429 boys are registered in our seven Feeder* schools. Similarly, a total of 1,135 girls are registered in our regular schools and 427 girls are registered in our Feeder schools, bringing our total student population to 3,236 students — our largest student population ever! Upon talking to her classmates, one of our Senior Secondary School students said, “If it were not for EduNations, I never would have made it this far in my education.” She explained to a new teacher that “At the beginning of every school year, EduNations would provide for us all our school materials and uniform needs for the whole school year. We thank our sponsors and donors for providing our educational needs which has enabled us have quality education. We love you EduNations, our only source of education and development. Thank you all.”
On behalf of all of our students, teachers, staff, and board members, we’d like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to partner with us as we ignite hope in Sierra Leone.
*A Feeder school is a non-EduNations community school that provides education to students for two or three years before they move to the mainstream EduNations schools.