Sierra Leone International Academy

Education for All

Founded by a family, the school gives children in Sierra Leone (West Africa) access to quality education in a safe and fun learning environment

From Idea to Reality

Built by Hand Brick by Brick by Local Craftsmen

Our Impact

Sierra Leone International Academy opened its doors September 13, 2016, in Makeni, Sierra Leone (West Africa). The project was funded by a family of Sierra Leoneans and Americans that believe education is a means to eradicating poverty.   The school uses a combination of best practices and curriculum from Sierra Leone and the United States with a focus on Math, Science, and Technology.

 

P.E.A.C.E. Missions partners with the school to provide scholarships, capacity-building of staff and through the generous support of donors, ships furniture, medical and school supplies from the United States. 

  • We have helped to build a three-story school building with the capacity for 800 children.  The school has 20 classrooms, a school clinic, technology lab, 12 private toilets with running water and electricity. 
  • 45 children between the ages of 3-5 were educated in our first year
  • Primary school c!lasses opened in 2017!  We are now serving 172
  • 40 scholarships were awarded to children who lost both parents during the 2015 Ebola crisis 
  • 10 full-time jobs  were created; 6 of them for women
  • 30 vendor contracts were provided to local small business owners
  • The school uses a combination of best practices and curriculum from Sierra Leone and the United States with a focus on Math, Science, and Technology.
  • Primary school c!lasses opened in 2017!  We are now serving 172

Training Programs

We are training adults in America and Sierra Leone

Peace Council

Helping children explore culture through art music and food. 

The peace council provides a forum for youth from different ethnic, socioeconomic, racial and cultural backgrounds, to explore and learn about cultures other than their own, through art, music, food and interactive games, thereby expanding their view of the world and themselves. Youth are also encouraged to challenge stereotypical thinking and learn to become advocates of tolerance and peace. A multicultural event, which ends the workshop, includes parents’ participation and requires youth to show their ability to adapt and work in multicultural teams. 

Training Teachers in Sierra Leone

Career Counseling Pilot Project  and Capacity Building Worshop Series

in 2016, we launch two new projects:

  • Career Counselling Training for Secondary Schools: iMADAM, a Sierra Leone NGO, hired P.E.A.C.E. founder, Tess to train 20 teachers from two school districts to implement career counseling programs.

Working with Village Leaders

We help marginal communities bring their voice to the mainstream

Working with villages leaders, we have planned community meetings, organized rallies and helped communities establish grassroots community groups. Our efforts are design to give residents a voice in the mainstream related to the issues that are important to them.  

 

P.E.A.C.E. Missions trained 30 teachers working in villages school in the qualities of being in the helping profession. Classes included time management, helper attributes, goal setting, conflict resolution, 

 

We work with chiefs, other NGO, mosque and churches to identify and supply the needs of the people. Through this work, we have created feeding programs,  built the capacity of local leadership, and brought basic supplies like clothing and food. 

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Sierra Leone FACTS

  • Most Sierra Leoneans live on less than $1 per day.
  • Children entering grade 1 dropout before grade 6 because of lack of money.
  • Life Expectncny is 49

USA FACTS

  • 1 and 6 people face hunger
  • In 2015, 1 in 8 households lived in poverty. 

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