SESSiL Background Information

The Support to Education Sector in Sierra Leone (SESSiL) Programme commenced on 13 December 2016 with the signing of the Financing Agreement. The Programme uses two complementary implementation modalities: • A Programme Work Plan and Cost Estimate (PE) of 12 Million Euro to finance a wide variety of activities ranging from delivery of pre-service training, reorganising the teaching profession, rehabilitation and upgrading the EMIS system, and the renovation and upgrading of junior secondary schools in rural areas. • Technical Assistance (TA) is provided through a Service Delivery contract between the EU Delegation and a consortium of consulting providers, led by PROMAN S.A. Highly qualified international, regional and national experts provide expertise and support to the Ministries of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, as well as the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) and Teacher Training Institutions in implementing and achieving the ambitious goals in the cooperation programme agreement between Sierra Leone and the European Union.

The Technical Assistance (TA) component started operations on 7 February 2017 and will run through a multi- annual phase in support of the implementation of the Programme Estimate (PE), which is scheduled to end the operational phase in December 2020. The PE reflects the nature of key activities and indicates their estimated costs. All activities have to be implemented during the operational period. The aggregate value of all planned activities amounts to €12 million, or SLL. 111,791,881,680.

The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education and the TSC are the key drivers to implement the Programme. A Steering Committee which includes these Ministries, and the Ministry of Finance as well as the European Union exists and is co-chaired by the Ministers of both education ministries. The Steering Committee guides the implementation of the Programme, while a Technical Management Team, headed by the Chief Education Officer, coordinates implementation.

SESSiL is a national programme aimed at upgrading education. It is focusing programme interventions on four districts, comprising Bombali and Port Loko Districts in collaboration with the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology and Bo and Kenema Districts in collaboration with Njala University and Eastern Polytechnic.

  • To strengthen education sector management and build a stable framework for the sustainable delivery of quality education services,
  • To improve primary school teaching and learning,
  • To improve equitable access to secondary education.