A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone

by Schooling for Life Ltd.
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A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone
A Successful Future for Youth in Sierra Leone

PROJECT REPORT – June-August 2020

Progress update

Due to COVID-19, the third school semester started in July 2020 as Schooling for Life (SFL) shifted its curriculum online. Throughout the remainder of the semester, SFL courses were completely delivered online. SFL also identified a transition to online learning as advantageous in preparing students for the job market. Many of SFL's broader activities were on hold as the Government of Sierra Leone only lifted the COVID-19 restrictions on educational institutions on 31 July 2020.

As mentioned in the previous report, SFL conducted a pilot test with two students to assess the accessibility and user friendliness of the chosen Learning Management System (LMS) for students in Sierra Leone. Based on results from the pilot test, SFL transitioned the remainder of its courses for the third semester online onto Thinkific – the chosen LMS. These courses included English Language, Mathematics and Works Ethics, with Time Management delivered in partnership with KOMO, specialized in teaching youth how to learn.

SFL’s Thinkific website and third semester skills classes were officially launched on 6 July 2020. Before the start of the third semester, the SFL team and trainers discussed and agreed on the regular two-hour skills classes to be adapted into two 10-minute videos per week in combination with a 30 minute to 1 hour live Zoom class with the trainer at the end of each week for questions and answers. Lesson plans were adjusted to fit the new e-learning structure, create realistic learning objectives and accommodate homework. SFL created tutorials in video and PDF format to orient students on how to use the platform, shared with the students through WhatsApp groups (one general third semester WhatsApp group per batch and one group per subject per batch).

To ensure that all students would be able to follow the online learning, SFL took the following actions:

  • SFL bought smart phones for those students who did not have one, to enable access to the necessary online media. The smart phones were lent to these respective students through agreements, co-signed by the guardians. The phones are to be returned to SFL by the end of the e-learning process.
  • To facilitate internet access and therewith access to the e-learning platform, SFL provided internet data bundles (1GB) every 2 weeks to all students active in the third semester as well as trainers who needed it. The data bundles were later increased for the students to 2.5GB every 2 weeks to further facilitate access to the Time Management module, which carried more videos and online material.

SFL supported trainers through this transition to online teaching. Through ongoing meetings and personal check-ins, SFL remained informed of trainers’ constraints and addressed these accordingly. Trainers were provided with support and guidance in this new process as well as flexibility to adjust materials used, in line with their subjects.

Student focus

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

  • In June 2020, SFL conducted a pilot with two students to assess the accessibility and user friendliness of the chosen online LMS for students in Sierra Leone.
  • In July 2020, SFL bought smart phones for those students who did not have one, to enable access to the online media included in the e-courses. Online classes also started in July 2020.
  • Bi-weekly trainers’ meetings were held throughout the semester to facilitate sharing of lessons learned and identify solutions to tackle challenges related to the transition to online learning. Remote personal guidance continued for the students as well.
  • In August 2020, a Batch 1 Nursing student started volunteerism at Kissy Community Health Centre as a Community Nurse.

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

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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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

 

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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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.

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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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PROJECT REPORT – SKILLS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE 

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Progress update 

Schooling for Life (SfL) has been busy preparing for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. Over the last few months, SfL has undertaken its standard selection process for entry into its Skills for a Successful Future programme. Starting with interviewing over 45 applicants, as Assessment Day with 30 applicants, and 15 applicant and guardian interviews. After assessing 18 individual educational institutions for the final shortlist of students, SfL is happy to announce that 12 students were selected to participate in its Skills for a Successful Future programme in the next academic year! SfL’s new students will be studying a diverse range of disciplines, including: nursing, electrical engineering, social work, banking and finance, information technology (I.T.), agriculture, and pharmacy. SfL welcomes its new students to this upcoming academic year, with the fourth group of students in the programme!

To close their first year of study, SfL facilitated a field trip to the Sierra Leone National Museum for its third cohort of students (Batch 3) in July 2019. Annual field trips expose students to new educational experiences that they would not otherwise have at their academic institutions. At the Sierra Leone National Museum, students learned about their country’s history and culture. For many students, this was a new experience and information, as many have not had the opportunity to visit the museum before. At the end of each academic year, SfL also holds meetings with all students and guardians. SfL is proud to announce that all Batch 3 students will successfully be moving onto their second year of study in their colleges as well as the programme as a whole.

 

Student focus

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

  • In June, a student from Batch 1 started working with Universal Brokerage Service Ltd, an insurance agency. The student, who studied I.T. through our scholarship, was hired to help build staff capacity in I.T., undertake computer training and is working as a marketing officer.
  • One of SfL’s Batch 2 students, who graduated in Social Work, successfully completed her internship with the Embassy of the United States of America in Freetown, working in the library. The student received a certificate and high praise.
  • On July 15th at the national celebration of World Youth Skills Day in Sierra Leone, a Batch 2 student came in third in the TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) photo competition. The student won great prizes including an internship with the Sierra Leone Brewery.
  • Another Batch 2 student graduated early this year in Business Administration and started an internship with FINIC, an agro-processing service company. The student is working as a marketing intern, putting her business studies to use.
  • After completing her internship with Sensi Hub, one of our Batch 2 graduates in Banking and Finance, was offered a full time position in the company’s finance department.

Congratulations to all of SfL’s students for their outstanding educational and professional accomplishments to date!

We would like to thank all of our donors for their generous donations to date. 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.

 

Sincerely,

Sjierly Pereira,

Country Director and 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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Schooling for Life Ltd.

Location: Freetown - Sierra Leone
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Sjierly Pereira
Project Leader:
Sjierly Pereira
Freetown, Sierra Leone

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