Sierra Leone's Current Education System
In 2000, The United Nations set a Millennium Development Goal to achieve universal primary education by 2015, to ensure that children everywhere complete a full course of primary schooling.
Sierra Leone is far from reaching this Millennium Development Goal:
Currently, 23% of 6-11 year olds have never attended school, and 1/4 of school age children do not complete primary school. Further, only 49% of students who enter Junior High School, graduate from Junior High School. Beyond that, only 24% of students who enroll in high school will actually complete it**. And finally, those students who do graduate from high school are often unable to secure employment.
In Sierra Leone, schools are often places that unintentionally counsel children out of their creativity, empowerment, and a belief that they are capable of surpassing the status quo in the country.