What is the Safe Learning Study
Challenges in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone ranks among the lowest on the Human Development Index, including poor literacy rates, especially in rural districts. In recent years the Education sector has made great efforts to improve access to Primary Education. Challenges remain however as children in school continue to struggle with making progress.
In addition, School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV) and inequality are major barriers to the education of marginalized children in Sierra Leone. Children, especially girls, are exposed to significant violence within schools, families and communities. Girls are also less likely to complete school and gain functional literacy skills.
What is the Safe Learning Model?
All children require a safe space to learn and develop. Unfortunately, both physical and psychological aggression and gender biases are prevalent in many schools.
Concern Worldwide has developed an integrated model of intervention addressing children’s safety, learning and wellbeing. The model adopts a holistic approach to education and brings together interventions on SRGBV within an education programme.
The model consists of three components: Literacy activities, school-level SRGBV prevention and response, and community-level SRGBV prevention and response.