In Kono, one of the poorest and most remote districts of Sierra Leone, David Sandi founded Ahkom Technical/Vocational Centre in 2002, Ahkom Seconday School in 2005 and the Nursery and Primary School in 2015.
The School is made up of five separate small buildings, which host a total on nine classrooms. There are 24 teachers educating over 350 students including 120 pupils in the Technical/Vocational Centre. Since gaining support from the charity in 2016, many positive developments have seen the day, such as a new veranda and the development of a perimeter fence. 99% of the registered pupils come from deprived home, subsisting on less than US$1 - US$2 per day.
A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
Ahkom School was ranked 5th best school in the country in 2015. Our mission is to offer the children from Sierra Leone the opportunity to have a better future through quality and practical education. Ahkom School has now educated some 6,000 children towards a better future.
The Primary School students take Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE) and the Secondary School takes the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Exams (WASSCE).
SIERRA LEONE -
A HIGHLY DIVERSE COUNTRY
Sierra Leone is a West African country currently recovering from an eleven-year civil war (1991 - 2002) that displaced millions and caused untold human suffering. The country is among the world's poorest and most ethnically diverse countries. About 16 ethnic groups inhabit Sierra Leone, each with its own language and customs. Diamonds are one of the country's main resources. Sierra Leone is one of the top 10 diamond producer in the world, nevertheless, in 2017, the country's GDP was only 3.7 billion U.S. Dollars. Due to the countries wealth of diamonds, but also other natural resources, mining and extractive industries like gold, bauxite, rutile and iron ore deposits accounts for almost a third of the GDP.
The social situation is alarming, with 70% of the population living in poverty and 11.4% of children dying. Only 73% of children attend primary school and 36% of them go to secondary school. Our School is located in the Kono District, which is the largest diamond producer in Sierra Leone and was highly devastated during the civil war. The country also suffered greatly from the EBOLA outbreak in 2013. At Ahkom School only 250 out of 320 students returned to the school.