We are a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that focuses on empowering
Sierra Leonean adults through fucntional adult education programmes and activities.

About SLADEA


SLADEA is a pioneer in the field of adult education. For more than three decades we have been promoting and supporting adult education in all its forms nationwide through the formation of:

  • Adult Education Branches
  • Classes
  • Groups

SLADEA is currently running six continuing education centres in:

  • Bo
  • Bonthe
  • Makeni
  • Mile 91
  • Pujehun
  • Waterloo

These centres offer basic education combined with vocational skills training.


SLADEA runs literacy and non-formal adult learning classes in:

  • Freetown
  • Kabala
  • Kenema
  • Magburaka
  • Mattru Jong
  • Moyamba
  • Port Loko

SLADEA also provides vocational training in its continuing education centres. Vocational training equips learners with skills to earn a living. Learning is linked to production, and production-oriented functionality increases motivation for learning among adults.

Participation in our programmes is voluntary and virtually free. We are targeting young people and adults aged 15 and above. Our curricula are designed to build and enhance skills over a three year period.


Our Goals

Providing basic education for adults and improving the level of competencies and life abilities of our learners.

  • To provide functional literacy for adults who have never had any formal education
  • To provide functional education for young people who have dropped out of the formal school system
  • To provide functional education for those young people who prematurely dropped out of the formal school system
  • To provide continuing education to improve basic knowledge and skills
  • To provide adult learners with cultural and civic education

With our programmes we are aiming to make learners functionally literate. We also strive to improve their level of competencies and life abilities. This makes learners more active within their communities and better able to contribute to the social, economic and political development of these communities.


Our Approach

We place the individual in the centre of the learning process and hold them accountable for their own education. Therefore learning is controlled by learners. We acknowledge the competencies of our learners – their knowledge, their skills and their learning achievements. As a result the learners are self-motivated and do not feel constrained to learn.

We place the individual in the centre of the learning process and hold them accountable for their own education. Therefore learning is controlled by learners. We acknowledge the competencies of our learners – their knowledge, their skills and their learning achievements. As a result the learners are self-motivated and do not feel constrained to learn.

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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