‘Tich Mi Ar Tich Dem’: Designing a low-cost and scalable teacher professional development in Sierra Leone

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Over the past two decades, Sierra Leone has faced a series of shocks: a civil war, landslides, Ebola, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These shocks have aggravated the learning crisis that the country’s education system faces—and dramatically increased the pressure on teachers to deliver high-quality support to children.

In this context, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and the Teaching Service Commission have come together to design a low-cost and scalable initiative to support the professional development of the education workforce. The initiative is school-based, technology-supported, and focused on early grade literacy and numeracy.

With funding from Dubai Cares, we have started to support the Government of Sierra Leone to build evidence to inform the development of the model under the Tich Mi Ar Tich Dem—’teach me to teach them’— programme.

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Maps and Meaning – Sierra Leone’s Digital School Census and what it means for school-level location and accessibility data collection

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In 2018, the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) in Sierra Leone launched the Free Quality School Education (FQSE) programme, making free education compulsory for children up to the age of 18. Described by a spokesperson of the MBSSE as “the most realistic way of developing the human capital of our country and moving Sierra Leone forward” (Sheriff, 2019), the programme saw a surge in enrolment in schools. However, a side effect of this surge in enrolment was increased difficulty in accurately monitoring the education system. MBSSE moved forward from their paper-based Annual School Census to a new digital census to achieve this.

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