How SABI facilitates school approval in Kailahun District

Community engagement

In July 2019, SABI took the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) to Dambala in Luawa Chiefdom, Kailahun district on the usual joint Monitoring Visit. According to the local chief, Augustine Amara, SABI came with “we can do it spirit” unlike other programmes.

He said, “we have been proactive as a community because SABI had taught us to be self-empowered and take the lead in solving our development challenges”.

Before the intervention of SABI, their main challenge has been low School Approval Process for KDC Primary School; and delay in payment of subsidies. The community raised funds through individual contributions and refurbished the school, constructed toilet facility and provided stipend for the Head teacher as motivation. According to the School Management Committee Chairman, Lansana Alpha, “This is a planting season and the community has exhausted all its funds. The only teacher that is willing to sacrifice for the school covers over eight miles every day to get to the school, he needs to be motivated”

FOCUS 1000 had made a follow-up with SEND Field Officer in Kailahun (Michael Mannah) to ensure appropriate support is given to the school authority in putting together their documentation for onward submission to the Deputy Director’s office.

FOCUS 1000 also visited the National Programme Officer for the Free Quality Education (FQE) and MBSSE, to discuss these issues and the way forward.

SEND Field Officer Kailahun had told FOCUS 1000 that all documentation for the application process had been submitted and verified by the Deputy Director and ready to be taken to Freetown for approval.

The application for KDC primary school in Damballa had been submitted to the Chief Education Officer who is responsible for the approval of schools – Mr. Joseph Lamin, National Programme Officer FQE.

The approval process for KDC Primary school is going on swiftly and FOCUS 1000 is confident that the Chief Education Officer will approve the school before the end of the year.

Next steps include, regular follow ups with MBSSE to ensure these issues are resolved.