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: