In a country with a fluctuating economy and an adult literacy rate of only 41%, the Swiss-Sierra Leone Development Foundation saw the desperate need to strengthen the education sector in some of the poorest communities of Sierra Leone.

We believe every child should have the opportunity to learn and grow through education. With both our School Sponsorship Programme and new Boarding School, we are able to assist families financially and relieve them of the burden of school fees and uniforms. Education is the key to success; educate one child and you educate a whole family and create greater opportunities.

Despite significant progress at the end of the Civil War, a growing youth unemployment rate due to lack of skills and education, followed by the recent Ebola epidemic, the need for education remains paramount.

In August 2016 the Magbenteh Community Boarding School construction site received a wonderful visit from the Government of Sierra Leone Chief of Staffs and Health Minister. We have ensured that the project sits in alignment with the interests of all beneficiaries, District Authorities, community engagement and Government level.