Opening of EU co-funded Girls' Safe House extension and Teacher Training Centre

31/05/2016 - 14:32
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Ambassador Peter Versteeg, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone officially opens EU co-funded Girls' Safe House extension and Teacher Training Centre at EducAid school in Maronka village

Today Ambassador Peter Versteeg, Head of the of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Sierra Leone, officially opened a newly constructed teacher training centre and extension for the Girls’ Safe House at the EducAid school in Maronka village (Maforki Chiefdom - Port Loko District). The ceremony was attended by the Country Director of EducAid, Miriam Mason-Sesay and local dignitaries, stakeholders and beneficiaries.

The building is part of the "Quality Enhancement Programme For Education (QEP4E)" implemented in rural areas of the Maforki Chiefdom by the NGO EducAid and co-financed by the EU.

The EU support of EUR 720,000 aims to improve education indicators in the Port Loko district in line with the National Education Strategic Plan, by strengthening the capacity of local schools and by working with the district council and teacher training college to deliver quality education.

Specifically, the EU and EducAid are working together to improve access, quality, literacy and gender equal access in education by ensuring a successful formulation and implementation of the district education plan, building capacity of teachers from the Port Loko district, and setting up a gender-sensitive environment to facilitate the attendance of girls to school.

The project has a direct impact on approximately 16,000 school children that benefit from an improved quality of teaching and learning. By 2019, the project is expected to produce the following tangible results:

  • a multi-stakeholder mechanism to deliver quality education at local level, through establishment of ward education committees in 4 Port Loko district wards; training on new methodologies for teachers, school leaders; rehabilitation of two model schools that demonstrate high quality teaching and learning;   
  • 480 teachers trained from partner schools in Maforki chiefdom, including construction of training centres in Maronka and Rolal and review, upgrade and production of training materials for teacher training;
  • professional development for the Port Loko Teachers College lecturers / teacher trainers and support in the transition towards becoming the Port Loko University College;
  • 45 school leaders trained in leadership skills;
  • 25% increase in school attendance in participating schools in the chiefdom, verified through data gathering, collation and analysis;
  • 5,000 school girls benefitting from specific gender sensitive schooling, including training for lecturers and teachers in girl-friendly education strategies and revision, upgrade and production of learning materials.
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