At a glance
In Sierra Leone, only about 12 percent of children in grades 2 and 3 meet the expected levels of numeracy skills for their grade.1 With literacy and numeracy outcomes lagging, Sierra Leone's vision for a healthy, educated population able to support the country's wider economic development will remain out of reach for generations to come. But there are schools that are bucking the trend, helping children outperform their peers in reading and math. The Sierra Leone government has invited providers who are showing they can transform outcomes to join an experiment which will compare five different educational approaches with each other and with a set of control schools.
The Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) is a government department concerned with promoting the effective use of science, technology and innovation to deliver a national development plan (supporting human capital development) and to transform Sierra Leone into an innovation and entrepreneurship hub. DSTI is run by Sierra Leone’s Chief Innovation Officer and presidential advisor, David Sengeh, who has also recently been named Minister of Education.