We are convinced that respect for human rights allows individuals to
assert their dignity and guarantees sustainable development.

SLADEA's Committment to Human Rights


We are convinced that respect for human rights allows individuals to assert their dignity and guarantees sustainable development. Human rights principles guide all our programmes across all areas, such as:

  • Education and information
  • Gender and cultural sensitivity
  • Health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Peace-education
  • Social and Economic Security

We believe that every citizen should have the right to:


A Livelihood

Although Sierra Leone has experienced substantial economic growth in recent years, the country continues to occupy one of the lowest positions on the world hunger index: placed 79 out of a total of 84. Poverty and unemployment remain major challenges.

To get people out of poverty, SLADEA encourages its learners to acquire skills by training in one of our six education centres nationwide. We run programmes that lead to self-sustaining livelihoods, with a strong focus on women.


Being Healthy

Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world - one child in four dies before the age of five. The situation for women is also alarming: one woman in eight dies during childbirth. The provision of medical care is extremely poor.

Literacy is a cornerstone of development: life expectancy increases three years with each 10 per cent increase in female literacy. Teaching girls and women to read is literally a life-saving intervention. In our programmes we also provide health training and raise awareness on health issues.


Being Educated

We believe that being educated is an essential step along the route out of poverty. Therefore we do everything conceivable to make this happen.

Sierra Leone has one the highest illiteracy rates in the world. According to the New Education Policy for Sierra Leone 69.3 % of the male population is illiterate. For women it is even worse: 80.0 % of the female population is illiterate.

With our programmes we seek to improve the lives of our learners. 1000 new learners sign up for classes at SLADEA every year.

To make sure that facilitators perform in the best interest of the learners they receive intensive pre-service and in-service training and supervision.


Living in Peace

Sierra Leone emerged from a decade of civil war in 2002. The brutal war in Sierra Leone caused unimaginable suffering for the population. The conflict, infamous for the recruitment of thousands of child soldiers and the rebels' practice of chopping off hands and feet, has left Sierra Leone one of the poorest countries in the world.

Working on reconciliation and on consolidating peace in our country was and is one of our major commitments. Peace education and peace building-activities are an important part of our programmes extending in the Manu River Region.


Being Heard

People living in poverty often have no say over decisions that affect their lives. SLADEA helps its learners to understand their rights and to speak out about their needs and concerns at every opportunity.


Being Treated as Equal

People who are marginalized – because they are women, disabled or members of a religious or ethnic minority – are more likely to be poor.

We work with these groups to ensure they have the means to enjoy equal access to jobs, essential services and influence.

SLADEA'S Mission

The mission of SLADEA is to reduce the high rate of illiteracy (a major hindrance to social, economic and political progress) among Sierra Leonean adults and to empower them through functional adult education programmes and activities. Ours is an education for self-reliance. Special emphasis is placed on the empowerment of women and young people in order to make them active initiators of and participants in their own developmental process.


SLADEA'S Vision

We envision a country where every citizen can read and write and therefore enjoy full participation in the development of their communities.


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