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22 May 2018 description
report Theirworld

A huge overhaul of Sierra Leone's education system is underway. Broken by the decade-long civil war and then battered by the effects of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, it has been slowly recovering.

Now a raft of reforms have been brought in by new President Julius Maada Bio. A promise of free primary and secondary schooling for all was part of the campaign that helped him sweep to victory last month. Now he has announced that will start in September.

He also revealed that education's share of the annual spending budget will be almost doubled from 11% to 20%.

02 Jun 2016 description
report Theirworld

By Lin Taylor (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

At least 17 million women and girls in Africa collect water every day, which increases their risk of sexual abuse, disease and dropping out of school, a study published yesterday has found.

It is one of the first studies to calculate how many women and children were responsible for water collection in Africa, the researchers said.

12 May 2016 description
report Theirworld

By Jennifer O'Mahony (Agence France-Press)

Dizzy and sweating, 15-year-old Isatu Koroma sits with her eyes closed in the maternity ward in Sierra Leone where she has spent the last 10 days, as her tiny little daughter begins to cry.

Koroma badly needs blood after a complicated delivery - relatives are expected to donate here but none has visited, also leaving the nurses to pay for her to eat.

25 Mar 2016 description
report Theirworld

Ebola wreaked havoc in his beloved country, killing thousands of people and closing all of the schools for months.

But as Liberia slowly got back on to its feet, Moses Owen Browne was determined to spread the word that every child should get a quality education.

17 Mar 2016 description
report Theirworld

Urgent action needed for 80m children whose education has been hit by emergencies

The number of children whose education has been disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters has increased to 80 million.

The shocking statistic for 2015 is revealed in an education in emergencies "scorecard" published today by A World at School, which calls for urgent action from world leaders.

There have been a record number of children affected by crises - including attacks on education, wars, natural disasters and health alerts such as Ebola.