Safe, quality education in Sierra Leone

by Solon Foundation UK


While schools were closed, we provided 150 children with access to free, safe, high quality learning through our Home Outreach program. Our students showed discernible gains in reading, writing and math compared to peers not in the program. Now that schools have reopened, we offer Home Outreach to families that still want it, as well scholarships to children from the low income families hardest hit by the epidemic to enable them to receive a high quality education at a Rising Academy school.
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During the Ebola crisis, 1.8m children were kept out of school in Sierra Leone. Kids are now back in school, but the challenge of getting a good education remains as acute as ever. A majority of those children completing primary school are still unable to read or do basic math. On average, our assessments show, students arrive in Grade 7 working at Grade 2 level in literacy and numeracy.


Now that schools have reopened, our Scholarship Fund is enabling students (particularly girls) from more disadvantaged backgrounds to receive a quality education at Rising Academies, a new network of Junior Secondary Schools in Freetown and the Western Area. Through investments in teacher recruitment, pre- and in-service training, curriculum, and monitoring and evaluation, the Rising model enables students to build essential foundations in literacy and numeracy, oracy, teamwork and leadership.

Long-Term Impact

Through scholarships, up to 1 in 4 students per grade per school (70 students in January 2016, rising to 140 by September 2016) will benefit from access to high quality education, enabling them to make accelerated gains in literacy, numeracy and overall 'learning dispositions'. A rigorous impact evaluation by Oxford University will measure progress in these three domains and benchmark it against progress made by students in comparison schools. Two thirds of scholarship recipients are girls.


Learn about the Solon Foundation
Learn about the Rising Academy Network
Watch a short film about our work on Vimeo
Read about the Rising model on the CEI database

Organization Information

Solon Foundation UK

Location: Calgary, AB - Canada
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Steph Dobrowolski
Calgary, AB Canada

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