Volunteer Sierra Leone’s primary partner for education in Sierra Leone is Kankaylay Islamic Mission. Kankaylay Mission is an organisation, which was set up in 1972 by the late Alhaji Ibrahim Turay to offer Islamic education in Sierra Leone.
Kankaylay started with the construction of the first Islamic Girls Secondary School in the whole country and now operates 96 primary and secondary Islamic schools, located throughout the country. In the 1980s Kankaylay Mission originally operated 160 schools but after the 10-year war many of the schools have either been knocked down or turned into Christian schools. The total number of students is 27,000 of which 2900 are orphans and currently have over 400 teachers of which 300 are sponsored by the Sierra Leone government.
In 2013 Ibrahim Janneh who is also a co founder of Volunteer Sierra Leone, inherited the responsibility of Kankaylay Mission from his grandfather and started to attempt to rebuild and revive the legacy of his grandfather and started work refurbishing the existing schools, which still belonged to Kankaylay.
Because of the lack of funding all of the schools have fell into disrepair so Ibrahim Janneh and John Fontain set up VSL to seek financial support from outside of Sierra leone to try to help this project. We are currently in need of funding for the refurbishment of each of the 96 schools. Each school desperately needs refurbishing. Due to the bad state of the school many Muslims are even leaving and going to better-funded Christian schools with better facilities.
Most schools will costs only £3000-£5000 but some schools need full rebuilds as they are at such a state where it needs re building.
Aside from refurbishment VSL also plans to build a new secondary school in Waterloo and also plans to build a boys secondary school next to the girls secondary school in waterloo. In the near future we hope to find the financial capability to provide a 6-form college as there is no Islamic 6 form college in Sierra Leone.