Operation Classroom – Sierra Leone

Country: Sierra Leone
Advance #12922A DONATE NOW

Project Information

Improving secondary education through a partnership with The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone.

Describe the need affecting community

In Sierra Leone, 4 out of 5 adults live on less than $1 per day. The entire country needs to be lifted out of “getting by” through subsistence farming or small-scale selling to being able to provide a living to support the family, which includes education for the children and the basic necessities of life.  The World Bank has indicated goods and services need to be more available in rural areas of the country.

How will this Advance project help to address the need?

The Taiama Enterprise Academy (TEA) addresses the realities of low income and access to goods and services in rural areas all across Sierra Leone. The academy is located in a rural area in the southern part of the country where senior secondary students need general skills, such as computer science, construction, agriculture, welding and engine mechanics. Through the various departments, entrepreneurial enterprises are developed and used as income-producers for the overall operation of the school and as teaching tools for students to experience starting and running a business. The curriculum includes concepts of becoming entrepreneurs and business owners. TEA encourages students to start their own business in their community based on the community’s specific needs.

Describe the primary goal of the project

The goal is to educate secondary students today to be the problem solvers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, leading to a way of life that is productive and economically stronger and offers hope, which will lift one family at a time out of poverty, impacting the family, community and country.

Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project

Six years after students graduate from Taiama Enterprise Academy, they are established in a business or service that was not available to the community when they first attended academy.

Contact Information

Global Ministries Contact

Bonnie Albert

Karen Gould