Canadian Literacy NGO “CODE” Selected to Help Transform National Primary Education Across Sierra Leone

OTTAWA JUNE 15, 2017. Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) has chosen CODE to launch a critically needed, nation-wide teacher-training initiative designed to revitalize education in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

With funding provided by the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), CODE will work alongside its in-country partner organization - The Association of Language and Literacy Educators (TALLE) to train 4,400 primary school teachers as well as 900 primary school head teachers, school inspectors and supervisors. The initiative comes in response to a World Bank and Sierra Leone Ministry of Education, Science and Technology request to support Revitalizing Education Development in Sierra Leone (REDiSL).

“Equipping teachers to work independently well with the essentials of meaningful classroom instruction is vital in promoting a sustainable quality education. Alhajie Sallieu Kanu –TALLE Program Manager.

The ultimate goal of the project is to raise literacy levels of young Sierra Leoneans by training the country’s primary school teachers to teach reading effectively - laying the groundwork for productive learning and helping to nurture a more literate population.

CODE’s Executive Director, Scott Walter, believes critical thinking is the very cornerstone of learning and the key to getting ahead in life.

The ability to draw information from texts and to process that knowledge and apply it to the world around us – to formulate one’s own thoughts and make one’s own, informed decisions requires a high degree of fluency in reading. The experts working with CODE to help design and lead the workshops are among the best in the world in the fields of literacy and child-centered learning methodologies and we are very grateful to have them on our team.”

According to the OECD, basic reading skills are just not enough for students to be able to grow up into informed adults who can contribute to development outcomes. Young learners need to know more than how to simply decode words -- they need to learn how to think critically to effectively navigate and engage with the world around them.

CODE is bringing on board a team of international, professional development experts who will lead ‘train-the-trainer’ workshops in early grade reading for a cadre of 176 Sierra Leonean teacher trainers.

CODE’s Director of International Programs, Hila Olyan, says being chosen to lead this exceptional project is an honour and speaks to the confidence the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the World Bank and the GPE has in the quality of CODE’s programs:

We are proud to have been selected to oversee this exciting initiative with our partners. We know that it will have a substantial impact on the learning outcomes –and indeed the futures- of thousands of Sierra Leoneans not only in the next few months but, because of the sustainability and replicability of our “train the trainer” model”, for generations to come.

CODE has been working in Sierra Leone since 2011 - delivering its comprehensive readership program Reading Sierra Leone to thousands of young learners and supporting literate environments there through the creation of locally produced, culturally meaningful story books.

The REDiSL project is scheduled to begin in June 2017 and will be concluded by December 2017.

CODE is Canada’s leading international development organization uniquely focused on bringing literacy and learning to regions of exceptional need and serves to support an incredibly inspiring mission – helping kids learn to read so that they can read to learn.

CODE Contact:
Genevieve Spicer –, T – 613-232-3569 ext: 252
Manager- Integrated Marketing Communications


Thursday, June 15, 2017
News Type: 
Press Release

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