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Community transformational engagement as a gateway for sustainable school development

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The education sector in Sierra Leone is still facing challenges both in ensuring that all children have access to school and in promoting the conditions necessary for quality learning to take place. Specifically in Northern Sierra Leone, the children who are enrolled in school are unlikely to receive a high quality education, due to numerous challenges: poorly trained and irregularly paid teachers; a large number of unsupported community schools; the poor state of school infrastructure; inadequate learning materials; and inactive school management committees. Furthermore, the gender gap is greater than in the rest of the country, with regard to school enrolment and completion.

In 2009, Catholic Relief Services/Sierra Leone began in Koinadugu District the implementation of a food assisted education program aimed at improving both access and quality, necessary components to ensure that children, particularly girls, come to school and are able to achieve a basic level of literacy/numeracy and other critical skills by the end of the primary cycle. CRS’ core strategy to attain the program goal is to empower communities to take ownership of the development of their schools as CRS believes that community transformational engagement is key to sustainable school development. This presentation will present a theoretical framework for community engagement, outline the process that CRS/Sierra Leone is using to apply this concept, and discuss the outcomes and lessons learned on motivating and inhibiting factors.

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da Conceicao, Eliane. "Community transformational engagement as a gateway for sustainable school development" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493463_index.html>

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da Conceicao, E. K. , 2011-05-01 "Community transformational engagement as a gateway for sustainable school development" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493463_index.html

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Abstract: The education sector in Sierra Leone is still facing challenges both in ensuring that all children have access to school and in promoting the conditions necessary for quality learning to take place. Specifically in Northern Sierra Leone, the children who are enrolled in school are unlikely to receive a high quality education, due to numerous challenges: poorly trained and irregularly paid teachers; a large number of unsupported community schools; the poor state of school infrastructure; inadequate learning materials; and inactive school management committees. Furthermore, the gender gap is greater than in the rest of the country, with regard to school enrolment and completion.

In 2009, Catholic Relief Services/Sierra Leone began in Koinadugu District the implementation of a food assisted education program aimed at improving both access and quality, necessary components to ensure that children, particularly girls, come to school and are able to achieve a basic level of literacy/numeracy and other critical skills by the end of the primary cycle. CRS’ core strategy to attain the program goal is to empower communities to take ownership of the development of their schools as CRS believes that community transformational engagement is key to sustainable school development. This presentation will present a theoretical framework for community engagement, outline the process that CRS/Sierra Leone is using to apply this concept, and discuss the outcomes and lessons learned on motivating and inhibiting factors.


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