Sharing learning with state actors to improve service delivery.

The SABI programme works with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), through Focus1000 (a SABI national partner) to advocate for education policies, generate evidence on education, address citizens’ concerns and raise awareness on the provisions of the free quality school educations (FQSE).

In December 2020, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) conducted its annual retreat/stock taking workshop, for school authorities at regional level, including the MBSSE leadership team at national level. Christian Aid (SABI) was invited to share learning on the SABI project.

During the workshop, SABI presentation focused on the key approaches that makes the project unique and adaptable; including;

Data Collection: The team shared learning how the programme generates evidence that was used within platforms, bringing community people, service providers and local officials together, to identify challenges, discuss, and ultimately work together to tackle key issues within service delivery. The team further explained the sequence of SABI engagement, that led to the development of low literate infographics and action plans.

GESI:  The team shared practical experience on how the programme succeeded in ensuring broader inclusion, in all 16 districts in Sierra Leone. Recognising that all citizens, regardless of sex, age, class, ability status etc. should be informed, consulted and involved in the programme to create improved accountability of services to all.

COM-B: The team provided an introduction to how SABI have used the COM-B model to support the development of our theory of change, our implementation design, evaluation design and how the model enabled us to be an adaptive programme. A role play was performed to demonstrate how the model works to solve problems in a structured manner.

Accountable Governance Pathways: The team introduced the concept, and presented the accountable governance pathways learning product, which demonstrated how SABI have used this approach to create linkages that improved the relationship between citizens and state, encouraging both citizens and state service providers to fulfill their own responsibilities for social amenities.

The presentation was well received, at the end, the SABI team leader (Saiku M Bah) facilitated a plenary discussion with the whole group. This enabled staff of MBSSE share their thoughts on how SABI approaches can improve their work at national and regional level. On the whole, MBSSE saw the need to incorporate SABI approaches in their work.

The National Programme Coordinator of the Free Quality School Education – Amara Sowa, reflected, that the low literate infographics can be used to communicate school approval messages to communities. He maintained that we need to demystify and deconstruct the stereotype, and scrutinize ideas formulated against women on the basis of culture, tradition and religion.

Amara Sowa, National Programme Coordinator – Free Quality School Education (FQSE).

For me this is a privileged and great opportunity. In pursuant of the four guiding principles, that the basic education sector is now built on, which is universal access, radical inclusion, quality teaching and learning and comprehensive safety; I think this presentation can go a long way in enhancing our work – Amara Sowa, National Programme Coordinator – Free Quality School Education (FQSE).

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Joseph Lamin, Programmes Officer – Free Quality School Education (FQSE).

Today we are really happy with the SABI team. The staff were so happy with their delivery, because they touched on very key issues that people have been having difficulties with. Things that has to do with gender parity, equity, low literate communications and data. I believe the staff will return with confidence to implement what they have learn from SABI – Joseph Lamin, Programmes Officer – Free Quality School Education (FQSE). Watch video.

 

Abu Bakarr Bayoh, District Coordinator, Kono District – Free Quality School Education (FQSE).

All I have is a good impression about the SABI programme and the brilliant team behind it. They have educated us on a lot of good concepts in development, like inclusion of all, that is one thing I will take along to my district – Abu Bakarr Bayoh, District Coordinator, Kono District – Free Quality School Education (FQSE). Watch video. 

 

Baba Sidikie Marrah, District Coordinator, Koinadugu District – Free Quality School Education (FQSE).

With these new learning, the Free Quality School Education have benefited. SABI has changed our mind set. Certain things that normally happen in our surroundings, with we now know it should not be that way. We have been refreshed by this presentation – Baba Sidikie Marrah, District Coordinator, Koinadugu District –  Free Quality School Education (FQSE).

 

Hindowa Lebbie, Regional Coordinator – School Feeding, Southern Province.

This session is an eye opener. It is very useful because it speaks to our policies. As people working in the education sector, we need to rise up and act on gender issues. The GESI approach alone can enable us to fill the gap. If the government’s free quality education is to succeed, then it should cater for disable children in the provinces (like the blind and the deaf). There are no facilities to facilitate their learning. But with GESI, the idea of leave no one behind that SABI just taught us, It is doable – Hindowa Lebbie, Regional Coordinator – School Feeding, Southern Province.

 

SABI communicates and extends the lessons and knowledge generated by the programme to service providers and other development partners. Our knowledge management and communications strategy focuses largely on the gathering and sharing of lessons and best practice, of what works and what does not, and why, when it comes to improving voice and accountability for improved service delivery in Sierra Leone.

Download SABI presentations below:

1). Learning Presentation 

2). Accountable Governance Pathways

3). COM-B

4). Achievement – Role Play

5). Sample Infographics.