Makeni city is the capital of Bombali district and of the Northern Province.
The city is located 110 miles N.E. of the capital Freetown.
About 100,000 people live in Makeni.

Our Work

What We Do
Continuing Education Centre - Bo
Continuing Education Centre - Bonthe
Continuing Education Centre - Makeni
Continuing Education Centre - Pujehun
Continuing Education Centre - Mile 91
Ceramic Centre - Waterloo


Success Stories



Civil Peace Service (CPS)

Our Activities

Our classes take place within the communities mentioned above. Learning takes place three hours a day leaving the rest of the day for the participants to engage in other economical activities.

Continuing Education Centre - Makeni

In the final phase of the war, the rebel organisation the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) made Makeni their base. The city was comprehensively looted and regular economic life came to a standstill. Children and young people were conscripted.

Today, Makeni's market is livelier. But life is still difficult. Electricity is rare and pipe-borne water is often not available. Literacy and standards of health are among the lowest in the country.

SLADEA promotes the youth in Makeni. We strive to give young adults a future by helping them to develop their competencies, skills and values. We are also aiming to reduce the high unemployment rate among the youth.

With our tailored programmes for young participants, we want to end frustration and social exclusion for young learners.

Our curricula are designed to be age appropriate and to build and enhance skills over three years of participation.

We strive to attract young learners and keep them interested in basic education. With this in mind, we have appointed 22-year old Alusine Kallon as co-ordinator of the centre.

With the support of the SLADEA branch he has introduced programmes that have proved especially attractive for young people. He reaches the youth through a variety of outreach methods in diverse settings, such as:

  • Forums and debates
  • Enrichment programs
  • After-school activities and special projects

Due to the innovation and creativity of the education centre in Makeni, young people come from every part of the community, from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds and even from remote areas to the centre. Currently, 200 young learners have access our programme. An important characteristic of the programme is the vocational training aspect, which provides learners with life skills crucial to self-reliance.

Our activities take the form of literacy and numeracy classes, education regarding children’s rights and vocational training. Participants learn literacy and numeracy during the first part of the morning. We also teach matters related to:

  • Democratic decision-making
  • Gender & development
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Human rights
  • Non-violent Communication

Vocational training takes place in the afternoon and focuses on the areas of:

  • Baking
  • Gara-Dyeing
  • Hair-dressing
  • Catering – with a focus on finger food
  • Tailoring

Learners can choose the activities in which they wish to participate, which also means they are given an opportunity to practice and develop decision-making skills. These activities also encourage them to clarify their interests and values. Having a choice in terms of program activities and goals motivates young learners to become involved in activities that are meaningful to them.

As a result of our programmes young people develop interpersonal skills

  • They learn how to interact with peers outside the classroom
  • They learn how to interact with adults in the community.

Through interaction with our many devoted facilitators young learners receive guidance and direction.

Every year up to 60 learners complete our courses of training and thereby gain a second chance in life. Most of our former learners have now entered formal education, found jobs or are self-employed.

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