MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology - Non Formal Education Directorate)

Project Description

Enhancing the Capacity of Women and Girls through Literacy, Livelihood Skills Training and Support to Micro-enterprises

Republic of Sierra Leone

Amount: € 212,626.00

Overview

The MEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) project enhanced the capacity of 500 women and girls who were enrolled at 30 Non-Formal Education (NFE) learning centres in eight districts of Sierra Leone, by providing literacy, livelihood skills training, business skills training, micro-enterprise support and reproductive health training. The overall aim of the project was to empower the rural women of Sierra Leone, both socially and economically as well as improve the quality of life of the women and their families. These initiatives underscore Agenda 2063’s Aspiration 6 for an Africa whose development is people-driven, especially relying on the potential offered by its youth and women, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and the goal to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Key results

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) project empowered women through vocational skills training programs in Sierra Leone. The project enhanced the capacity of 500 women and girls who enrolled at 30 Non-Formal Education (NFE) learning centers in eight districts of Sierra Leone, by providing literacy, livelihood and business skills training, micro-enterprise support and reproductive health training.