January 24 was the International Day of Education as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. It is a day to honor education and its hub to human well-being and sustainable development. The 2020 celebrations of the International Day of Education will place education and the learning it enables as the greatest renewable resource and reaffirms the role of education as a fundamental right, a public good and a facilitator of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Last year the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation launched an online data hub called Education DashBoard. This dashboard keeps track of education data across the country. We’ve used data from this dashboard to highlight 5 things about education in Sierra Leone.
Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about education in Sierra Leone.
- There are 1,600 Pre Primary, 7,000 Primary, 1,500 Junior Secondary and 581 Senior Secondary Schools in Sierra Leone.
- There are 10,700 schools in Sierra Leone, half of them are owned by Mission/religious group
- Western Rural-Urban has the highest number of primary schools 758.
- Out of the 10,700 schools, only 4,870 of them are approved.
- Kenema has the highest Mission/religious group owned schools 615.