Grassroots Action (formerly Powerful Information)

Learning Circles for Rural Women in Sierra Leone

To provide Non-Formal Basic Education & Functional Literacy for rural women & teenage girls who have had little or no schooling & empower them to have more control over their lives and a more powerful voice in their community. Focus on villages in Bombali & Koinadugu, two of the poorest districts.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1091516)

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As a result of conflict, poverty, early pregnancy or parental discrimination >90% of rural women in Sierra Leone cannot read, write or count; they don’t know their rights and are vulnerable to exploitation & abuse. Everyday life is challenging — growing food, understanding forms, signing their name or handling money are all difficult without education or training; having to care for others with little or no understanding of hygiene, childcare or family planning.


We will support learning circles in 15 villages with regular lessons/skills-training. A typical circle comprises 25-45 women & meets 3 times a week. It is run by a facilitator (local teacher), recruited, trained & managed by a trusted local partner. We provide equipment, stationery, light, and facilitators’ allowances, and we work with partners to monitor & report on learners’ progress with reading & writing, and their understanding of hygiene, nutrition, sexual health, legal rights, etc.