Empowering adolescent girls in Sierra Leone
Our project called Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER) aims to support thousands of girls who are not in education in Sierra Leone. The radio programming intends to aid transition to education, training or employment and inspire hope their future.
Without education, you can be discriminated against and stigmatised in the community and even by your own relatives.
Out-of-school girls in Sierra Leone face risk of violence, economic barriers to opportunity, a lack of safe spaces for learning and of female role models, a shortage of opportunities to learn or train outside of formal classrooms, and harmful socio-cultural norms and practices.
The project will harness media and communication to challenge negative attitudes and practices, including those resulting from harmful and discriminatory social and gender norms that hinder adolescent girls, particularly the most marginalised. Programming will challenge barriers to accessing and continuing in education, informal learning and training, and opportunities for employment.
As part of a consortium working to reach these aims, BBC Media Action’s role is producing a national radio drama and discussion programme to tackle these topics. We will train local media professionals in 18 radio stations in 10 districts, and provide formative and evaluative research about the impact of the project.
We aim to foster more supportive attitudes and behaviours among families and care givers towards girls’ education in Sierra Leone and we’re using learning from our work South Sudan to inform this project.
|Project name||Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER)|
|Funder||UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)|
|Dates||January 2019 – June 2022|
|Outputs||A national radio drama, radio discussion programme and training for local media in 18 radio stations in 10 districts.
Our projects in Sierra Leone
- Empowering adolescent girls in Sierra LeoneThere are 32,500 girls in Sierra Leone aged 13-17 who are not in school. Our project called Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER) aims to aid in their transition to education, training or employment and inspire hope for their future.
- Protecting pregnant women and children from malaria in Sierra LeoneUsing insight from our response to the Ebola outbreak we're building awareness about malaria for those most at risk, using radio, TV, social media and community outreach.
- Using radio and television to inspire young people in Sierra LeoneMi Stori (My Story) aims to inspire young people in Sierra Leone to be active, positive participants in their community through an interactive radio show and mini-documentaries championing positive role models.
- Wi Di Pipul: Improving access to education, health and social services through radioA radio show focusing on the country’s health, education and social care sector – reporting problems, as well as discussing and sharing solutions.
- Tok Bot Salone: Encouraging debate in Sierra LeoneA radio debate programme enabling Sierra Leoneans to ask questions of their leaders and discuss issues of national and local importance.
- Kicking out EbolaBBC Media Action responded swiftly to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone with life-saving information, relevant radio programming and comprehensive training for broadcasters.
- Improving maternal and child health through mobile technologyHow mobile technology can improve maternal health in Sierra Leone by training community health workers.
- Getting leaders to listen in Sierra LeoneRadio discussion programme Fo Rod (At the Crossroads) provides a platform for debate and a chance for people to hold their leaders to account.