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School girl in Kono District. © Free the Children
Sierra Leone is recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that ended in January 2002. The country has a population of 5.2 million. The per-capita income was $340 in 2012 and the GDP growth average was above 5% over the past four years. The poverty rate for Sierra Leone is high at 66% and the country ranks 177th out of 186 countries in the 2013 UNDP Human Development Index.
Sierra Leone joined the Global Partnership for Education in 2007 after the endorsement of its Education Sector Plan covering the period 2007-2015.
The Plan includes strategies for building schools, training teachers, reviewing the curriculum and reducing the number of out-of-school children. With recent changes in the political, economic, and social context, the Local Education Group in Sierra Leone felt the need to update the sector plan. Hence a new plan is being prepared and is expected to be ready in the next few months.
Sierra Leone spends 14% of its national budget on education, out of which 70% goes to basic education (2010).
The Local Education Group is co-chaired by the Minister of Education and UNICEF, the Coordinating Agency. A representative from the broader Education Stakeholder Forum comprised of local and international NGOs and CSOs is also a member of the Local Education Group.
Sierra Leone received a first GPE Grant of $13.9 million in 2008, which closed on September 30, 2012. The grant was managed by the World Bank and supported the construction of classrooms, bathrooms and the digging of wells to provide drinking water for students. The grant provided tuition incentives for 75,000 girls, de-worming for about 1.8 million children, and teacher training. Approximately 1.7 million supplementary readers as well as writing instruments and braille textbooks were procured for primary schools.
Despite a complex, post-conflict implementation environment, Sierra Leone has witnessed significant improvements in the education sector. Soon after the civil war, only about 55% of the students were completing primary school. Now 76% of children complete primary school and 77% of them transit to junior secondary (2010). The literacy rate for youth aged 15 to 24 has increased slightly from 58% in 2009 to 59% in 2010.
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AT A GLANCE
Local Education Group
Local Education Group
A Local Education Group (LEG) is a forum of stakeholders within the education sector who develop, implement, monitor and evaluate education sector plans. All member countries of the Global Partnership have a LEG. They are led by the national government, and are composed of education development partners such as donors and development agencies, teachers' organizations, civil society organizations, and private education providers. Nonetheless, the specific composition, title, and working arrangements of a LEG vary from country to country.