Covid-19 brought enormous economic and social stress, the academic disruption was not excluded. Schools were shutdown in Sierra Leone like in many other countries in Africa. The difficulties were even more challenging as most African States could not afford the luxury of home schooling due to lack on infrastructure and access to the internet. People are facing heightened challenges and disruptions in accessing quality education and opportunities for a hopeful future. Lack of access to internet, technology, and stable electricity are just some of the challenges children are facing.
BLP beneficiaries cuts across three main programs namely:
Mend the Gap Schooling Program for Vulnerable Ebola Orphans & Survivors (MDG) Girls Shall Rise (GSR) Bright Light Projects Mothers Club Familiarization Program (BLPMC)
For those who are particularly vulnerable to barriers in accessing education, like vulnerable children with disabilities and girls, even greater challenges exist. According to the 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report, responses to the COVID-19 crisis have not paid enough attention to inclusion of all learners, with only 40% of low-income countries supporting learners at risk of exclusion, including those with disabilities, vulnerable girls and women.
Despite the challenges, about 200 BLPSL beneficiaries across Bombali and Western Area Rural Districts BLP’s two main operational Districts in Sierra Leone scored 95% success rate and all got promoted to the next class. BLP has secured Memorandum of Understanding with Primary, Secondary, and vocational schools in both districts in line with BLP’s mission implementing viable, sustainable community based projects through strategic partnership.
A total of 15 beneficiaries graduated to Junior Secondary School after scoring 100% at the last NPSE Exams. A total of 5 Beneficiaries under our flagship Girls Shall Rise program (GSR), will be graduating on December 12, 2020 at Komra Training Center, a vocational Training Center located in York Town Waterloo About 4 beneficiaries under our GSR program, took the BECE Exams at Peninsular Secondary School in Waterloo and are awaiting results In Makeni about 7 GSR beneficiaries promoted to second year training at Sierra Leone Opportunity & Industrialization Center (SLOIC) About 120 beneficiaries from our flagship Mend the Gap Schooling Program for Vulnerable Ebola orphans & Survivors (MDG) were also promoted both at Primary and high school levels in different schools in Bombali & Western Area Rural Districts of Sierra Leone.
Please click link below to see full BLPSL beneficiaries 2019/2020 Academic School year Results. We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year 2021.