Excellent National Exam Scores by EduNations Primary Students

Each year, all class 6 students in Sierra Leone take the National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) in math, language arts, English, and more to determine if they can pass on to junior secondary school and receive a middle school education. The strong IMG_0594performance of EduNations’ students in these compulsory national exams speaks very well of the high quality of the instruction they have received.

For the 2018-19 National Primary School examinations, we are proud to report that 91% (or 130 of the 143) of the EduNations students passed!  Now these students are admitted to junior secondary schools and are pursuing their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) to be taken in grade 9. We are so proud of our students for their hard work and academic achievement!

Our thanks and appreciation goes to our hard-working teaching staff for all their efforts to train our students so well.

EduNations Holds Annual Teacher Training

In order to continue to provide the best quality free education, EduNations provides 2f66ade1-c098-41b1-972d-a3e72cd6e711 (2)training for its teaching staff before the start of every academic school year.  Edunations’ teachers look forward to learning from the experts in education from Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America who administer the training. The commitment to on-going teacher education distinguishes EduNations from other schools in Sierra Leona and has enabled EduNations’ students to perform extremely well at national examinations[1]. These trainings have made all the difference in distinguishing EduNations schools from other government and community run schools.

Highly qualified educators from North Park Church in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA conducted the 2019-2020 annual teachers’ training with the theme of “Sharing Learning Skills and Experiences to Enhance Effective Learning Outcomes.” 8fd695df-d7f8-4070-bd20-aaeb6a0884c4Over 120 EduNations teachers and school leaders were taught over a three day period on a range of topics including Teacher’s Understanding and Creative Thinking Ability, Child Behaviour and Discipline, and Nursery School Curriculum.  Accompanying the gift of 15 new laptop computers, school leaders also received instruction on Assessment, Administration and Computer Skills for Safe Record Keeping.

As the training came to a close, EduNations teachers expressed profound thanks and appreciation for the sophisticated instruction they had received and promised to use the acquired knowledge to adequately prepare their students to perform excellently at public examinations.  EduNations thanks North Park Church and its volunteers for so generously sharing their time and expertise, for the new laptops, for providing food and travel allowances for EduNations staff, and for resources to build much needed storage cupboards in every school. EduNations is grateful for and humbled by North Park Church’s generosity.

[1] National exams include the National Primary School Education (NPSE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Benefit Concert and Conference with Michael Card

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Join beloved musician and author, Michael Card, for a Benefit Concert and Biblical Imagination Conference on December 6-7, 2019 at Memorial Park Church. The concert on Friday, December 6 is free admission with a goodwill offering benefiting EduNations. Get your free tickets for early access at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open for general admission at 6:45 p.m.

In the conference on Saturday, December 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Michael will be teaching on the subject of “Hesed”, the untranslatable Hebrew word found numerous times in the scriptures, describing the inexpressible lovingkindness of God. Tickets for the conference cost $35. Discounts available. More details can be found at EduNations.org/Benefit-Concert.

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EduNations Schools Establish Child Welfare Committees

Building on the success of its schools, EduNations recently initiated training its staff and community leaders on child welfare and protection in line with the provisions of the Sierra Leone Child Rights Act of 2007.  While students who stay in school have performed very well, there are students who have not remained in school for a variety of reasons. EduNations believes that engaging teachers, parents, and community leaders will be a key in helping more children stay in school to complete their education.

Child welfare committeesEduNations’ conducted training to establish Child Welfare Committees in four communities with EduNations schools (Mapainda, Mayatta, Mabum Station and Fintonia).  The training has special emphasis on protecting female students from teenage pregnancy, delaying early childhood marriage, preventing student dropout, and helping children with disabilities. The training was led and coordinated by EduNations’ Psychosocial Coordinator, Education Officer, and Finance Officer.

In order to help ensure the protection of children within the EduNations communities, the Child Welfare Committees were taught key sections of the Child Rights Act of 2007[i] and charged with the following responsibilities:

  1. To promote awareness and provision of child rights in the village or ward,
  2. To monitor the provision of child rights within the jurisdiction,
  3. To submit regular reports of observations and concerns regarding child welfare to the Chiefdom Child Welfare Officer (CCWO) if one is available or to the EduNations Psychosocial Coordinator who will update the ministry of Gender and Children Social Welfare District Officer,
  4. To monitor the advancement of the Female Child Education, and
  5. To educate members of the community about their parental responsibilities in preventing sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, early marriages, child labor, and neglect.

EduNations is grateful for the cooperation of village leaders, parents, and support of involved government agencies as we work together toward the development of Sierra Leone’s children as national resource and future leaders.

[i] Child Act Right of 2007 sections 27, 28 (1), 30 (1), and 47 (1)(f) by which (paraphrased):

  1. Each parent shall be responsible for the registrations of the birth of their child.
  2. No person shall deprive a child of reasonable provision.
  3. Every child has the right to be protected from involvement in armed or any other kind of violent conflicts, and accordingly, the minimum age of recruitment into the armed forces shall be eighteen.
  4. Every parent shall provide for the short and long-term best interests of the child: a) To provide suitable residence. b) To control and guide the child’s upbringing, c) To maintain personal relations, if the child is not living within, d) To act as the child’s legal representative regarding the child’s property and other interest , e) To appoint or revoke a guardian for the child, subject to the approval of a court, f) To have access to acceptable parenting programs, & g) To participate in child welfare committees.

Fintonia Bakery Provides Nutrition and Sustainable Income

A new bakery in Fintonia has become a flourishing, sustainable source of income and baked goods for the people in this remote village.

Fintonia, located in the central part of the Tambaka chiefdom and bounded by the major OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreat Scarcies river, is both remote and unreachable except by boat. Before the bakery opened in 2018, getting food or other supplies required a 1-2 hour, 10 mile drive to the nearest village in the best of conditions. When rains made the roads worse or when the oft-broken river ferry was not operating, it was even more challenging.

Established in 2018, the vision for the long-hoped for bakery was to provide affordable food as well as good jobs for the Fintonia villagers. Since EduNations was given the resources to build the bakery, it has been an overwhelming success as the source of fresh, delicious, nutritious bread, baked by a skilled professional bread-maker, and a blessing for the people of Fintonia and its surrounding villages.

In order to continue to pay back what was invested into it, it is our desire that the proceeds received from the Fintonia Bakery will be used to build another bakery in another community. Thank you for your contributions to this sustainability project that have allowed the EduNations community to better support itself, and perhaps in the future, another community.

Health Center Solar Repaired After Lightning Strike

After having been destroyed by lightning in July, the solar power system for the Orfonthysolar 2 Community Health Center in Rokassa has been repaired. As you might expect, the direct hit by lightning incapacitated the whole power system including solar panels, power inverter, wiring, and batteries. Without electrical lighting and refrigeration to preserve medicines, the clinic staff responded heroically to continue to treat patients in their care.

The Orfonthy Community Health Center is run by EduNations’ partner, Jericho Road Ministries, and is located in Rokassa, one of the six villages where EduNations operates schools. In the two years of its operation, the clinic has changed the lives of thousands and thousands of people from the 35 surrounding villages. The Health Center recently opened a surgical center that has improved the clinic’s ability to provide critical care.

Since time was of the essence in restoring power to the clinic and since we wanted to prevent future power outages, we engaged three solar companies to recommend repairs and system safeguards. After reviewing proposals, we contracted a company who would not only fix the problem and protect the system but also create a larger solar farm system that would support EduNations’ growth.

Thanks to the hard work of our contractor, the expanded solar system is fully installed and the clinic is fully powered again!

While this was a large and unexpected cost to us, we are confident that the expanded, interruption-proofed power system will bear dividends in both health care and education in villages surrounding Rokassa. Thank you to all who continue to support us so that we can address these urgent needs and continue to bless the people of Sierra Leone!