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 girl from Pujehun, Sierra Leone

 

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 information 

Project name Every Adolescent Girl Empowered and Resilient (EAGER)
Funder UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Dates January 2019 – June 2022
Themes Education
Outputs A national radio drama, radio discussion programme and training for local media in 18 radio stations in 10 districts.
Partners  

Our projects in Sierra Leone