EASL - Educational Awards in Sierra Leone
There has been a partnership between the University of Sierra Leone and Cardiff University since 1999. An educational fund was instigated in 2001 within Information Services to provide support for school children in the country's capital, Freetown. The fund was registered as EASL with the Charity Commissioners in 2010. Although all children in Sierra Leone are now entitled to a free primary school education, for a secondary school education families have to pay fees as well as uniform, books, other equipment and exam costs. Many families simply can't afford to send their children to school and less than one in five children currently have this opportunity. These educational awards make a real difference. Awards go directly to the families with amounts of approximately £35-45 per student depending on the year of study. Awards are prioritised for the secondary education of children who have completed their primary education in a state-funded school and may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend or to complete secondary school. Donations from Cardiff University are made each summer in time for the new school year. Funds are raised by the EASL Charity and administered by staff at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone.