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BMZ THROUGH TERRA TECH GERMANYProject Implementing Partner:
SEND SIERRA LEONEProject Location:
1/10/2019 - 31/3/2022Project Budget:
Euro 586,712.43Project Thematic Areas:
WOMEN AND CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS EDUCATION
Contact details and contact
SEND Sierra Leone
+23 278 206 853
Gender inequality, a lack of political structures that promote civil society participation and low levels of education are the main obstacles to Sierra Leone’s development.
There is a lack of didactic quality of teaching in terms of socio-cultural and technical skills; especially independent reading skills need to be promoted - on national average the literacy rate is at least 41% (at the beginning of the project the literacy rate in the project area will be determined).
There is no communication between students, teachers and parents when educational problems occur - important persons on regional community/ government level do not make use of their influence to support the development of the educational sector.
Civil society organisations lack capacities in organisation, advocacy and methods to transform needs into projects and to measure the impact of these.
There are only weak control mechanism and a low level of participation through the local population when it comes to using financial resources effectively.
The LGA had been put into practice insufficiently: structures for exchange of information between civil society and political decision makers such as the District Council Coordination Forum (DCCF) are barely used, are ineffective in terms of content due to the non-existing project documentation and take place way too irregularly.
There is hardly any public discourse regarding pressing issues in the fields of education, development and gender inequality.
Community leaders mostly don’t make use of their influence to tackle problems, especially in the education sector.
Patriarchal gender roles discriminate against girls and women; due to discrimination women are barely involved in decision-making processes within their families and communities; educating girls is not considered very important.
Teaching staff at schools is not trained in terms of didactic methods. Teachers, parents and students are usually aware of existing problems in the educational sector; yet they are not organised in groups for developing and communicating potential solutions.
Due to gender-based discrimination women are barely involved in decision-making processes within their families; educating girls is not considered important in most families.
People barely read in general, consequently they lack practice and are insecure when reading. Text comprehension is usually poor (an assessment at the beginning of the project will collect more information on that).
CBOs/CSOs lack capacities regarding project conception, implementation and evaluation and their presence on chiefdom level and within the District Council Coordination Forum (DCCF) is weak.
Due to the lack of knowledge about the application of funds and monitoring there are barely ways to demand and check the transparency of institutions and the budget funds they spent. Institutional action is therefore not controlled by the civil society as it should be to meet the criteria of Good Governance.
The Integrated Project for the Education and Empowerment of women and civil society groups implements actions to educate and empower women and civil society groups.
Preparatory Measures-base-line assessment
To contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (no poverty), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality) and 8 (decent work and economic growth) and to the successful implementation of the Local Government Acts (LGA) in Kailahun and Kenema
SEND Sierra Leone is non-governmental organization registered with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of the Republic of Sierra Leone with a vision to contribute to a Sierra Leone where people’s rights and well- being are guaranteed. SEND Sierra Leone is part of a West African structure with a headquarters in Ghana and offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone where approaches and experiences are shared. SEND Sierra Leone is an independent structure, a local NGO registered in Sierra Leone with a local Board, which has its own project portfolio and budget separate from Ghana.
SEND’s portfolio includes community development, WaSH, health, nutrition/agriculture and women’s empowerment. Intervention areas are in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Western Areas Urban, and Rural districts and more recently, the district of Bonthe.