To develop curious and avid readers, engaged in their own learning
What success looks like
Schools across the country with libraries where students and teachers gather to access a range of print and electronic resources that support learning; 70% of students have borrowed books from the library or made use of supplemental education services; administrators and community members have acquired the skills needed to sustain and manage the library.
Who we are
Bidemi Carrol (Founding Member)
Bidemi is an education specialist, who currently works as a consultant with the World Bank. Previously, she was Regional Director of the LEGACY Initiative, an education program in the Mano River Union countries, with the International Rescue Committee; in that role, she supported governments and communities to find innovative ways to transform education systems ruined by conflict. Prior to joining the IRC in 2007, Bidemi worked for 2 years at the Education Policy and Data Center in Washington, DC where she led the Center’s education policy and data analysis work, with a special focus on Africa. Bidemi has a decade of experience working with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and research institutes across Africa on education policy and research. She holds a M.A in Economics and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.
Sidratu Koroma (Founding Member)
Sidratu Koroma is Founder and Executive Director of Positive Change Human Resource Consultancy Services in Sierra Leone, set up in 2007. Positive Change provides Recruitment, Headhunting and Research & Advisory services to a wide range of clients in diverse sectors including Extractive Industries, Agriculture, Banking, Development and Telecommunications. She has over 15 years work experience in the UK and Sierra Leone including British Telecommunications Plc and Airtel SL (formerly Celtel SL). Sidi holds an M.Sc. in Commercial Management, M.A in International & Comparative Business Law, and an LLB.
Ndye Njie (Founding Member)
Ndye Njie is the founder and director of YAS Learning Center in Freetown, an education center for all ages, with academic/enrichment programs for kids and teenagers, as well as training and development programs for adults. Prior to this, Ndye was the Director of the American International School of Freetown and in her final year led the school through its 5 year re-accreditation process. She also in that last year, provided academic support and served as a mentor for students at Limount College. Before relocating to Sierra Leone from the US in 2004, Ndye was the Director of SCAN-NY's award winning Reach for the Stars Program - a program providing academic and social support for "at risk" teens. She has also taught for many years in the New York City Public School System. Ndye holds a Masters in Education and Post Graduate Certification in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Alex B. Kamara
Mr. Kamara is an accomplished Engineering and Management Executive with over 46 years experience in mine operations, project and contract management. In 1996, together with 4 other Sierra Leoneans, he founded CEMMATS Group Ltd., which is now a leading Engineering Consulting Firm in Sierra Leone. Prior to 1996, Mr. Kamara worked at Sierra Rutile from 1967 to 1995. Mr. Kamara has been awarded the Order of The Rokel Grand Officer by the Government in recognition of his contribution to Engineering in Sierra Leone. He is Chairman of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank, and Non Executive Director of Sierra Rutile Ltd.
Edna Thomas is an IT educator of preschoolers to adults. Her original training in Home Economics Education has been augmented with training in Curriculum Development and software productivity applications for primary, secondary and post-secondary students. After 30 years of classroom teaching in U.S. and Sierra Leone, she has opened EPT Consulting which is aimed at training individuals in schools and the business workplace with productivity software skills that will develop computer literacy and digital productivity. She runs a teaching lab and designs websites for clients in Sierra Leone seeking to enter the webpage marketplace.
Sheka is CEO of the Elixir Group of Companies, a business group active in diverse service sectors including logistics and marketing. He is a founder and Chairman of Splash Mobile Money Limited, Sierra Leone’s first and leading mobile payment provider (www.splash-cash.com) and owner-operator of The Rogbonko Village Retreat eco-resort (www.rogbonkovillage.com). Before returning to Sierra Leone in 2008, Sheka was a partner in Regal Exchange & Associates, a consultancy providing business training and support services to professional clients in emerging markets. Sheka has a BA in Business Studies from the UK’s University of Westminster. He is a member of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, the British Chamber Commerce Sierra Leone and the American Chamber of Commerce in Sierra Leone.