Creating a bright future for children through the process of education

Empowering a new generation with independence and choice. Providing much needed education, healthcare and daily nourishment

Help Us Build a Future: Our Senior Secondary School Project

At OAKS, we have always been committed to providing quality education to underserved communities. Now, our vision extends further as we embark on a new endeavor: building a Senior Secondary school. This expansion will enable us to continue nurturing the bright minds of our students beyond their primary education, empowering them to reach greater heights and pursue their dreams.

We have built 2 schools (1 primary 1 Secondary)

We Educate 745 children

We Employ 30 staff of teachers, teaching assistants, nurses and ancillary staff.

OAKS Senior Secondary appeal 2024


What We Do

OAKS is a small ‘family and friends’ charity. Initially we built a Primary School in Bo, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The school opened early October 2007 – we’re now in our 17th year!

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.

2019 we moved our Junior Secondary to purpose built premises, on a new site.

Currently we teach 254 children at our secondary school and have yet another year of 100% pass rate!- All children are entered for the exam, making this true through education for all, with no selection process.

Our goal at OAKS is to build a 3rd school, teaching senior secondary education to pre university standard.

How You Can Help

Our CHALLENGE is to raise our normal running costs from £30,000 to £35.000+ p.a.

We are expanding both the Primary & the Junior Secondary School.

2023/2024. Ambitiously we plan to increase our Primary School by 1 classes. This will provide a complete two form entry for all six year groups, totalling 550 children, by the start of September 2024.

We are wanting to start our senior secondary school build in 2024 to include a :

  • Laboratory
  • Solar Power
  • Computer Suite

All help will help us achieve this goal, with 100% funding reaching the schools, as per our proven track record.

Donate Today

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

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Kids we would like to teach next year!
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Where Are We?

Sierra Leone Map

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 2 schools are 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.