“In 2011, 57 million primary school age children were out of school.” – United Nations, Millennium Development Goals and Beyond 2015 Fact Sheet
One of the most significant barriers to education for school age children in low-income countries is access to and distribution of school buildings, particularly in the most socially and economically disadvantaged communities. Where school buildings exist, in rural and remote communities, they usually very far and have significant infrastructural limitations whereby they are in overall poor condition, built with mud bricks and thatched roof without the basic amenities such as latrines.
“The provisions of sanitary facilities such as latrines and sources of clean drinking water is a concern in Sierra Leone, with about 30 percent of schools recently surveyed having no toilet.” (IRCBP 2004.)
The implications of access to and distribution of school building and the infrastructural limitations of existing school buildings are reduced primary enrollment rates of school-aged children in remote and rural areas and increased inequity facing the most economically disadvantaged.
In Sierra Leone, households in rural communities have lower school enrollment rates compared to their urban counterparts at all age levels.
The overall objective of this program is to expand access to and improve the infrastructure of school buildings in those communities most in need in Sierra Leone, through renovation and construction of school buildings.
Sierra Leone is a country at a crossroads, and Education for Hope is working in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental entities to continuously form new partnerships with interested communities to provide the material necessary to increase access to and improve the infrastructure of school buildings.