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Education in Sierra Leone

Education is a basic human right, vital to personal and  societal  development.  All  children  deserve  quality  education  founded  on  a  rights-based  approach  and  rooted  in  the  concept  of  gender  equality.

  • 48.4% of Sierra Leoneans are illiterate
  • The percentage of illiterate persons is higher among females (56.1%) as opposed to males (40.5%)
  • More than five out of 10 people aged 30 years and above are illiterate
  • 50% of the population 15 years and above had never been to school
  • Close to 35% of the primary school age population was not enrolled in school at the official age