The Out-of-school Children of Sierra Leone
The consultant wishes to express her appreciation to the United Nation’s Children’s Fund forbeing given the opportunity to be part of an essential study that will hopefully help improve thelives of thousands of non-schooling children in Sierra Leone.This report was developed with the cooperation of individuals from the Government, Donor,NGO and civil-society sectors. The writer would like to thank all the staff of the various officesand organisations that gave their time and expertise to the out-of-school study.The writer extends her sincere thanks to the many children, families and community memberswho directly participated in the primary-aged out-of-school baseline study, by sharing theirstories and personal experiences. The consultant would also like to thank all the children whoallowed us into very personal and often dispiriting times in their lives, by participating in focusgroup discussions and in-depth interviews.The writer is grateful for the insights and comments of the following individuals for the draftreport: Horatio Nelson-Williams, Carew Treffgarne, Annalisa Brusati, Bidemi Carrol, SandraGraham, and John Nwankwo.Without the hard work and dedication of the research team, this study would not have beenpossible. Thanks to Anna Obura who conducted the initial part of the study and David Khatete forthe compilation and analysis of the quantitative data. Thanks must also be extended to our localconsultants, Amie Tholley and Elizabeth Kpolie who provided valuable contributions to the entireprocess. The consultant is also grateful to the research assistants
who conducted the focus groupdiscussions and interviews.Thank you to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Country Representative for his support. Special thanksto Adele Khudr, Linda Jones, Mgbechikwere Ezirim and Maud Fortuyn for their contributionsand encouragement. The immeasurable contribution of Tim Brown also deserves specialmention. At critical times, he has given technical, editorial and emotional support. The consultantwould also like to extend thanks to the administration and logistic staff of UNICEF, Sierra LeoneOffice.Emily CoincoInternational Consultant
1 See Annex 1 for a complete listing of the research team.