Sierra Leone is the fifth in our series of top ten most accepting countries for those who migrate, according to the Gallup World Poll 2016-2017.
The Sierra Leone, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has published a blueprint for its national education strategy called the Educational Sector Plan (ESP) 2018-2020. The vision, “An appropriately educated, entrepreneurial and innovative citizenry, tolerant, productive and internationally competitive”. The mission, “To provide opportunities for children and adults to acquire knowledge and skills, as well as nurture attitudes and values that help the nation grow and prosper”.
The Executive statement begins by announcing “The provision of quality education is considered a key factor in accelerating the future growth and development of Sierra Leone. Improving basic education for all children is essential, but the contributions of higher institutions cannot be overlooked, as well as the ability of the sector to meet and fulfil the growing need for skilled labour in the workplace.”
The document sets out three key overarching targets; (1) Achieving a minimum increase of 10% in the service delivery rating in 2020 relative to 2018; (2) An 80% reduction in incidents of examination malpractice through improved systems integrity between 2018 and 2020 and, the number of results withheld by WAEC (West African Examination Council) decreasing by 50% over the same period; (3) Improved learning, demonstrated by at least a 10% increase in the share of primary and JSS (Junior Secondary School) students meeting minimum Learning Assessment standards in English Language and maths appropriate to their grade level by 2020 (relative to a 2017 baseline), and a 7% increase in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), English Language and maths pass rates by 2020 (relative to a 2017 baseline).
The ESP implementation is underpinned by a detailed 3-year implementation plan with supporting targets for the associated Directorates.
Although the country is still recovering from the Ebola outbreak and economic collapse, the education system has seen areas of improvement in the transition rate of children from primary to junior secondary education, gender parity index for GER (Gross Enrolment Rate), revision of the education curriculum and, improving the quality and distribution of teachers. According to the ESP, least progress has been made in strengthening systems for effective delivery of education services.
For those who continue to migrate, it is important to remember that every nation has its challenges and opportunities.
In 2017, the International Organisation for Migration said of the Global Compact on Migration, “The global compact should be seen as an opportunity to reframe the discourse on migration, to move away from misleading or distorted perceptions and towards an accurate picture of the importance of migration and the positive role it can play in the contemporary world.” Let’s hope so.
Shepperson & Shepperson Consultants Ltd
Source: Lesley Shepperson / ANA-ZongoNews / firstname.lastname@example.org