Project 1808-Bringing higher education from the city to the village! Education provides the key to job security, community growth and individual wellness. However, not all individuals can travel to or live in the large cities where universities are located. Establishing the University of Koinadugu in one of the most isolated districts of Sierra Leone, will empower youth and improve community livelihood in the district and country.
The Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone is one of the most geographically isolated districts in the country. Students who wish to pursue higher education after high school face the challenge and expense of moving to one of Sierra Leone's major cities where they will not only have to pay for tuition, but also housing, food, books, and other expenses. For this reason, many students are unable to receive the academic and skills training needed to achieve their professional and personal goals.
By establishing an institute of higher education in the Koinadugu District, Project 1808 works to increase the accessibility of higher education and skills training. Utilizing online and in-person instruction, the university will offer the equivalent of a bachelors degree by working in partnership with the University of Sierra Leone. In addition, skills training and community literacy classes will be provided for community members looking to gain new skills that can further their career goal
By increasing the accessibility of higher education, Project 1808 aims to improve the technical capacity and community livelihood in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone. Utilizing Project 1808's partnerships with the University of Sierra Leone, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the University of Tokyo, and others, the University of Koinadugu will become a hub of knowledge exchange, partnership, and innovation allowing the community to grow and thrive in a multitude of ways.