Education

History of Education in Sierra Leone

In 2013 the average class size in Sierra Leone was 82 students and it was not uncommon to see classes as large as 100 or more! There were 1.33 million primary school children, and only 16,000 solid classrooms standing in the country. While there’s been strides forward, the need for quality teachers and schools remains overwhelming.

Welcome to Destiny Grace Academy

Our vision… To alleviate poverty through a comprehensive education that empowers students to flourish in and around their community.

Our mission… to equip teachers with the engaging techniques, curriculum, and supports needed to provide a first-class, quality education that meets the academic, social-emotional, and spiritual needs of each student.

We value… Hard work, perseverance, and team work. Honesty, integrity, and respect for each other and all of God’s creation. Optimistic mindset of growth and achievement regardless of circumstance. Communal approach to education that includes family, church, school, and community. Inclusivity and understand the importance of adaption and accessibility. Continuous and respectful communication between all (speaking, listening, feedback). Learning and the ongoing process of how the world works

 Program Overview & First Year Goals

Destiny Grace Academy open early 2019

 Curriculum aligned to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education’s Teaching & Learning Standards

24 classrooms will be built across a Primary, Junior, & Senior schools

700 school age children will be educated & 2,000 residents impacted

Vocational Skills Training offered (chicken farming, mechanics, & brick making. In June 2018, training of skilled mechanics began in village garage)

Adult education (functional literacy & math skills)

First Year Goals

Establish consistent student and staff attendance

Create a positive and warm school culture & environment

Provide ongoing support, feedback, and professional development/training for our staff

Encourage and motivate teachers to return to the classroom each semester & school year

Initiatives include, a parent-teacher organization, extracurricular programming, after-school programming, an environmentally friendly school, STEM, & pen pals around the world!

Ways to Get Involved

We are seeking inspired  and experienced individuals to join the education steering committee!

Education Steering Committee Overview

Team work is one of our core values, we strongly believe in working collaboratively with others. Help our community, program, and mission reach its fullest potential. 

Committee members will be called on for expertise in the following areas; assessment/data, student curriculum, teacher training/professional development, community outreach, partnership development/fundraising, budget, & school policy.

Members will be asked to participate in four quarterly meetings via remote access. Any additional requests will be strictly voluntary, as we are very conscientious of your time commitment.

Senior Education Volunteer(UK Based)

Are you interested in getting involved on a weekly basis, but you can’t move to Sierra Leone? Then this is a perfect opportunity for you! Be an intracule part of the education program and broader mission from wherever you may be.

We are seeking motivated and inspired individuals with experience in education, social work, child development, or the nonprofit sector.

You can help this mission reach its fullest potential! Contact Lauren.conway@homeleone.org or Ryanneshafer@gmail.com for more information.

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Meet Our Staff

Lauren Conway: Director of Education

Lauren is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and certified Elementary and Special Education teacher from the U.S. Lauren received a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Special Education from West Virginia University. She went on to complete a Post-Master’s Certification program in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. She has over 12 years of experience working as an educator in school, home, clinic, and church-based environments throughout the U.S. and Sierra Leone.  Lauren is residing in Sierra Leone and is founding Destiny Grace Academy to open in January 2019.

Ryanne Shafer: Senior Education Volunteer (US Based)

Ryanne is a certified primary education teacher, who has taught in Connecticut, Virginia, and Sierra Leone, West Africa. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Aurora University. She taught for Achievement First Schools in Bridgeport, CT where she was a founding teacher. She has also written and published curriculum for the Achievement First Network, and trained and mentored teachers.  Ryanne is residing in Orlando, Florida with her two children and husband.

 

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Thank you to Our Generous Partners!! The mission is possible because of you!

BuildAid, CRY, & MED Design (London Architects)

Consider partnering with us as we grow in our love for learning!

We are building the school in line with village growth and as soon as resources allow.

 Catalogue for Destiny Grace Academy

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