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Sierra Leone, Barbara
Barbara Junior Secondary School
Construction period: Jul 2021 – Jun 2022

Facts

Type of facility

A school building with six classrooms, two offices, and a library

Students

198

Budget

€47,000

NGO partner

Education

Academic year

September to June

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

43.21 %

Attendance rate

Primary school – 37.8%
Upper secondary school – 23%

Out-of-school children

Children (6 to 11 years old) – 6,104
Adolescents (12 to 14 years old) – 267,640
Youth (15 to 17 years old) – 431,814

Project implementation

This school will be located in the village of Barbara, in Sierra Leone’s Port Loko District — an agricultural region where most families have an income of less than $2 per day.

In rural areas like this, more than 50% of males and 70% of females are illiterate. Most disabled children have never attended school.

The Barbara community already has a school, but it’s nearing collapse. The building was built out of mud bricks and sticks by community members with little construction experience. Its foundation has been attacked by termites, and the classrooms are narrow, dark, and lacking furniture. Out of the 13 school teachers, only three are paid by the government, while the rest are supported by the villagers.

The new school building will be designed to let in plenty of natural light, with a roof designed to let in fresh air and cool the rooms. It will have amenities to support disabled children, and locals will be able to take an active role in the construction process as laborers.

With a safe and convenient new building, more parents are expected to send their kids to school. A hygiene room for girls — as well as the distribution of reusable hygiene kits — will allow them attend the school without shame.

This new building will put Barbara’s school into the focus of the Ministry of Education, hopefully increasing the number of teachers receiving a government salary and easing the economic burden for the community.

Partners

About the country

Country

The Republic of Sierra Leone

Capital city

Freetown

Population

8 million people

Currency

Leone (SLL)

Major languages

English, Krio

Travel information

The climate is tropical and humid all year. Between November and June, it is very hot and dry, although the coastal areas are cooled by sea breezes. In December to February the dry dusty winds blow from Sahara.

Annual average temperature

26°C (78.8°F)

Dry season

December to May

Wet season

May to November

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel

Home Suites Boutique Hotel

The Swiss Hotel

Metro Hotel

Places to eat

Mamba Point Lagoonda Restaurant

Toma

Best souvenirs from the country

Grass and reed baskets, wooden masks, cutlery, crockery, material called gara

Travel agencies

VA’s TRAVELS

Interpreting services

KL Translations

Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Bureh beach and Freetown city tour (Old Wharf Steps, King’s Yard Gate, Cotton Tree, Sierra Leone National Museum, St. John’s Maroon Church)

Day 2: Loma Mountains Forest Reserve

Day 3: School visit

Day 4: Banana islands

Day 5: Yongoro village

Day 6: Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Day 7: York cemetery, Town Bell, York Centenary, Brunswick Methodist Church

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