Education remains one of the most powerful tools for social mobility, community development and self-empowerment in many countries around the world. Yet, many young people face challenges in obtaining adequate and appropriate skills and tools to be active participants in change-making.
Three WI-based organizations are working together to start a college in Koinadugu district, one of the most deprived regions in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Despite its natural resources, livelihood in this region continues to rank far below counter regions. A great part of this is due to lack of adequate skills and capacity amongst natives. Furthermore, the region continues to lose it’s youth to the cities, as they migrate to seek educational and job opportunities.
Project 1808 (founded by Sierra Leonean scientist Dr Alhaji Njai), Strides for Africa, and Feeding Mouths Filling minds are working diligently to open it’s college doors come January 2019 pay particular attention to developing a curriculum that will address current gaps.
Host Diana Famakinwa discusses the process and details of this exciting endeavor with Linda Vakunta, Chris Jimieson, and, by telephone, Sarah Fracek.