OUR SERVICES

SIERRA LEONE ADULT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

The Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) was established in September 1978. It is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and currently has 15 branches spread across the country’s four administrative regions.

With our educational programmes we impart:

  • Adult literacy
  • Life skills
  • Work Skills
  • Education for out-of School Youth and Adult geared to expanding their learning opportunities
  • Film Making and Media for Peace Training.

Our non-formal education programmes offer flexible access to basic education for disadvantaged children, youth and adults unable to participate in formal schooling either due to poverty or cultural and other social barriers.

With our non-formal education programmes we create educational opportunities for our less fortunate compatriots that provide them with a second chance. We provide out-of-school children and youth with access to a structured learning environment, reinforce their self-esteem and help them find ways to become self-reliant.

In many cases our programmes serve adults as a bridge to improve their academic skills to the point where they can re-enter formal schools.

Our adult education activities aim to increase our adult learners’ general and academic insight and skills and improve their ability and desire to take responsibility for their own lives and to take an active part in society. Our programmes include broad skills development, which has tremendous impact on social development.

We see non-formal education as an integral part of a lifelong learning concept that ensures that adults acquire and maintain the skills, abilities and dispositions needed to adapt to a continuously changing environment and society.

We also cooperate with organisations and agencies active in the area adult education, providing training and monitoring their classes. There is an increasing need in Sierra Leone for tailor-made functional literacy classes.

To ensure that learners are provided with the highest possible standard of adult education services, we regularly monitor and supervise our teaching staff.

Education System in Sierra Leone
 Sierra Leone’s education system is divided into four stages; six years of primary education, three years of junior secondary education , three years of either senior secondary education or technical vocational education and four years of university or other tertiary education.

“A significant percentage of 6 to 16-year-olds is not attending school and there is a high rate of school drop-outs. With a population growth rate of approximately 2.6 % a year, the literacy rate cannot improve significantly without a massive and urgent intervention by the government” (New Education Policy).

WHY IT MATTERS

1

We open doors and widen horizons for 1000 young adults every year. Learning to read and write and acquiring numeracy skills boost the self-esteem of our learners and provide important new proficiency. Literacy brings a greater sense of personal dignity and additional skills relevant to problem solving.

2

Our learners discover that they can start running their own business, can open bank accounts and manage their money intelligently. They become aware that there is a future for themselves and their families.

3

Training local facilitators is a hallmark of our literacy programme. Our experience reveals that facilitators from the same cultural and ecological background as non-literates are very successful in carrying out literacy programmes.

4

We also create job opportunities by providing basic skills-training that enable attendees to succeed on a professional basis because they usually become self employed.

WHY IT MATTERS

1

We open doors and widen horizons for 1000 young adults every year. Learning to read and write and acquiring numeracy skills boost the self-esteem of our learners and provide important new proficiency. Literacy brings a greater sense of personal dignity and additional skills relevant to problem solving.

2

Our learners discover that they can start running their own business, can open bank accounts and manage their money intelligently. They become aware that there is a future for themselves and their families.

3

Training local facilitators is a hallmark of our literacy programme. Our experience reveals that facilitators from the same cultural and ecological background as non-literates are very successful in carrying out literacy programmes.

4

We also create job opportunities by providing basic skills-training that enable attendees to succeed on a professional basis because they usually become self employed.