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

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.


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 16th 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.

Our goal at OAKS is to make a difference to the lives and the future potential of our school population, currently 745 pupils.

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.

2021/2022. Ambitiously we plan to increase our Junior Secondary School by 2 classes. This will provide a two form entry for the three year groups.

At the same time we require another class at the Primary, giving us a double entry for Infants, classes 1, 2 & 3.

In 2022-23 we plan to increase JSS by an extra class

We plan to have double entry across 4 classes in Primary school

Taking our combined cohort attendance above 700

You are helping us to provide a much needed quality educational facility, expanding to meet the needs of the local communities of Mendewa and Lewabu situated on the rural outskirts of Bo City.

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

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 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.