The Child Reintegration Centre has started distributing solar powered radios to students so they can follow the daily educational radio broadcasts aired by the government during COVID. While in the developed world schools have gone to online instruction, this is not an option in Sierra Leone. UNICEF-supported national radio programming provides daily lessons for children to fill the gap, but the poorest families do not even have the luxury of a radio. The CRC is providing families with solar powered radios, and supplying students who are slated to take the upcoming promotion exams with practice tests to study while school is in recess.
Students promoting to junior secondary school must pass the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), and to promote to senior secondary, students must pass the Basic Education Certificate Exam (BECE). The CRC has been offering extra classes to help students prepare for the difficult tests, so those who attended will be first to receive radios.
The CRC's solar radio distribution project made the Sierra Leone national news, see the clip below.