Creating a bright future for children through the process of education

Empowering a new generation with independence and choice

What We Do

OAKS is a small ‘family and friends’ charity. We have built and run a Primary School in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The school opened early October 2007.

In 2012 based on our excellent and consistent 100% pass rate in the National Primary School Exams we decided to expand into Junior Secondary School. This has meant building and opening two new classroom, September 2013 and September 2014.

Our goal at OAKS is to make a difference to the lives and the future potential of our school population of approximately 350 pupils.

How You Can Help

Our CHALLENGE is to raise our normal running costs from £15,000 and increase it by an EXTRA £5,000 to pay for our expanding workforce, a new minimum wage and the normal wage increases.

We have completed the expansion of our existing building so we can provide a rolling programme into Junior Secondary School, a much needed facility for the local communities of Mendewa and Lewabu, which will give our pupils educational continuity.

What next – a Senior Secondary School? This would be the equivalent to the UK Years 10, 11 & 6th Form and would have to be located on a new but nearby site.

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All donations are muchly appreciated and WILL make a difference. If you are able to contribute, great or small, please do so today!

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Exams passed this year
Kids we would like to teach next year!

Where Are We?

Sierra Leone is a relatively small African country located between 7 and 9 degrees north of the equator and on the western side of Africa, next to Liberia and near to Guinea. It is very similar in size to that of Scotland but without inland water.

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Where Are Our Pupils?

The school is located in the Tikonko Chiefdom, Mendewa Layout, Bo Town. The catchment area for OAKS is mainly Mendewa and the neighbouring chiefdom of Lewabu, although some children do travel from further afield across and along the Bo Kenema High-way, the main west to east trunk road, which lies south of Bo Town. Walking time 5 – 45 minutes.

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Who Are Our Pupils?

Our target is to provide good quality educational access mainly for the under privileged. We carefully monitor and encourage regular attendance and good time keeping for both pupils and staff. We investigate reasons for absence. We are conscious that we must develop an ongoing and progressive facility which especially gives girls a good start, we are educating the families and citizens of the future.

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We can give the children a bright future

Your donations make our work possible. Because of you, we can continue to help more children.