SESSiL Programs

The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education, and the Teaching Service Commission are the key drivers to implement the Programme.

    The main instruments for the implementation of the programme are:
  • Direct Financial support to the Government (in EU administrative jargon this is called ‘Programme Estimate’) for the implementation of a wide set of activities, according to a work plan agreed between the EU and the relevant Sierra Leonean authorities. Activities range from the delivery of in-service training to reorganisation of the teaching profession, strengthening the EMIS (Education Management Information System), to renovation and upgrading of junior secondary schools in rural areas.
  • Technical Assistance, provided through a Service Contract between the EU Delegation and a consortium of private consultancy providers led by PROMAN S.A. Highly qualied international, regional and national experts provide expertise and support to the Ministries of Education, the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) and the Teacher Training Colleges in implementing the SESSiL and achieving its ambitious goals.

The programme is also mainstreaming gender equality across the spectrum of activities to promote the empowerment of girls and women in education both as learners and teachers.

The programme has a nation-wide scope, with some pilot-type activities limited to focal districts of Port Loko, Bombali, Bo and Kenema

SierraLeone’s education system is facing many challenges.

  • Basic and senior secondary education programmes have received inadequate funding;
  • Teaching standards have fallen;
  • The capacity and ability of the average student leaving school has been low; and
  • Hundreds of schools need massive and urgent rehabilitation to local facilities and infrastructure.

There is an urgent need for a turn-around. Only through a functioning system of quality education is Sierra Leone going to become a sustainable modern nation where prosperity is seen and felt in the lives of every citizen.

If the nation is to achieve good-quality education, immediate steps must be taken to upgrade school buildings and facilities and change the way teachers share information in the classroom.

For this reason, the European Union is supporting the nation’s plans and efforts to create and maintain a sound and effective education system. An amount of 29Million Euros has been provided by the European Union (EU) for the Support to the Education Sector in Sierra Leone (SESSil) programme.

This programme started in 2016 and will end in 2020 and is aligned with the nation’s Education policies and targets. The programme has four main goals:

  • To strengthen education system management;
  • To improve quality of teaching and learning, especially at primary level;
  • To promote equal access to secondary education for all;
  • To support the development of Technical and Vocational Education.