EDUCATION WEST AFRICA

Making a Difference in Children's Lives

Education West Africa
Education West Africa

* Work with schools in Sierra Leone and between Sierra Leone and Guinea.
* Listen to teachers and headteachers and find out the greatest needs in the schools
* Listen to the children
* Set up projects to fulfil those needs
* See that they get done!

Help school pupils in Sierra Leone and between Sierra Leone and Guinea,
particularly through improving school life.

We want to give these pupils a better start in life.

It is through education that young people can strive to escape poverty thus enabling them to get a job, earn money, become independent and contribute to the economy of their country. Education is the doorway to regular meals, clothing, a home, better health, independence and contributing to the support of the family.

Penelope Sharman – chair
Rod Sharman - treasurer
Patricia Stevens
Viv Earwicker
Mike Wilson

Amanda Healey
Alyson Heath
Martin Lloyd

West Africa

Sights and Sounds from our travels

The children of SLC School Makeni are rightly proud of their rhythmic singing and whenever we arrive at the school the choir greet us with their traditional songs.

Lakka Primary school has suffered a lot from not having secure windows which led to  the furniture being  stolen - there were no resources anyway!  Now they have a secure school and the furniture is being made for them.  A retired teacher asked us to take lots of resources for Lakka - here are some being given to the head teacher on our last visit.

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Lakka Beach

Makeni Choir

Makeni Cultural Dancing

Sierra Leone is full of music and dance - we always want to join in! Here children have made 'traditional' grass skirts out of used rice sacks and are giving us an idea of  their traditional dances, always very energetic and fun. They are accompanied by a seven year old boy drumming for them.

New uniforms - Kenema

Primary education in Sierra Leone is free.  However, all pupils must have a uniform before they can start school.  Unfortunately, too many parents are not able to pay for a uniform due to their poverty ........
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New desks - Freetown

Education West Africa is a charity devoted to ‘making a difference in children’s lives’.

We aim to give pupils better opportunities in life in order to help them out of the ‘poverty trap’.

What We Do:

We Aim to:

Trustees:

Why West Africa?:

Many countries in West Africa are amongst the poorest in the world. That is why we have started work in Sierra Leone, which is just about the poorest.

Daisy with children from SLC Primary School, Kenema

It is through education that young people can strive to escape poverty thus enabling them to get a job, earn money, become independent and contribute to the economy of their country. Education is the doorway to regular meals, clothing, a home, better health, independence and contributing to family.

Why schools?:

One of our visiting teachers, Daisy, with some of the children from SLC Primary School, Kenema, February 2010.

What about corruption?:

Corruption is endemic in many countries in the world. In West Africa it is a big problem, so we only deal directly with those we are helping.

Quality control:

* Careful monitoring of financial transactions takes place with a third party as witness.
* Plans for projects have to be forwarded to EWA before ANY funds are released
* Photos of progress have to be submitted before further funds are released
* Local monitoring - monthly check ups on quality and quantity
* Weekly check ups on the vehicles

St Philip's school is in the centre of Freetown. The accommodation is basic and government funds do not go far. In the past desks and benches have had to be replaced frequently as the quality of the wood was poor and the furniture flimsy.

EWA uses local craftsmen to build the furniture and then it is given to the schools. This enables the EWA funds to be used twice and gives the furniture makers a living. It also enables the schools to buy much needed text books and equipment for the children.

The sustainability of the wood and the quality of the furniture is monitored both by associates in Freetown and trustees on their annual visits.

The cost of a desk set is just 30!

 

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EWA has just been informed that the Bishop of Bo, Rt Reverend Emmanuel Tucker has been suspended pending an investigation by the Anti Corruption Commission. The allegation is 'misuse of funds sent during the Ebola crisis'.

Until the commission reaches a judgement, EWA will not be sending funds to Bo. However, this will not affect our financial support of Freetown.

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