10,000
students impacted

by Reading Sierra Leone

 

150
teachers trained

on effective, child-centered strategies to promote literacy in their classrooms

 

50
schools

supported through teacher development and provision of reading materials

Country Stats

Capital: Freetown

Population: 5.7 million

Area: 71,740 km2

Where We Work: Port Loko District

Did you Know?

In Sierra Leone, 41.9 percent of the population is just 14 years old or younger – making basic education a priority for the future of the country.  

About Reading Sierra Leone

Through Reading Sierra Leone, CODE and its local partner, PEN Sierra Leone, want to improve the learning outcomes of primary school children in the Port Loko District by ensuring that they have access locally-developed high-quality supplementary reading materials at school and that their educators are skilled and have the capacity to use these materials to enable learners to read, understand and think critically.

So far, 13 original titles have been published in the Reading Sierra Leone collection. These books were the result of professional development workshops for local writers and illustrators, during which they learned how to produce high-quality children's reading materials. The books feature stories that speak to Sierra Leonean children, poetry, as well as informational text on topics such as transportation, food and animals.

The district where CODE works, Port Loko, was one of the areas hardest hit by Ebola. As children transition back to school after several months of being housebound, the Reading Sierra Leone books they will find in their classrooms will help them to catch up on the education they missed during the crisis, but will also provide much-needed entertainment and hope for the future.

Recent News and Stories

Read the latest news about CODE's efforts in CODE in Sierra Leone.
Rewriting the Story for Literacy in West AfricaSep 03, 2015When the Ebola crisis hit West Africa, Michael Weah, the Executive Director of CODE’s Liberian partner the WE-CARE Foundation, didn’t ask for surgical masks or a medical outpost. He asked for books. ...read full article...
Back to School in Sierra LeoneSep 02, 20151.8 million children are returning to school in Sierra Leone. For nine months they stayed home in an effort to control the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus which claimed more than 3,950 lives in the country. ...read full article...
Ebola and the Lost Children of Sierra LeoneNov 20, 2014...read full article...
Illustrators Wrap Up Work on New Reading Sierra Leone BooksJun 04, 2014From May 21st to 28th, a group of illustrators gathered in Freetown, Sierra Leone for the fifth workshop offered by CODE and facilitated by A....read full article...

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