Global Schoolroom conducting in-service training for teachers in SL

Global Schoolroom conducting in-service training for teachers in SL

Garret Campbell and Grainne Horan- GLOBAL SCHOOLROOM

Garret Campbell CEO of Global Schoolroom and Grainne Horan Programme Manager- Sierra Leone reported to a SLIP meeting on the   preparation for the implementation of the pilot following their successful ten day fact finding visit in January 2017.  They found SL an attractive place to work and that the teachers they met had an appetite to build their own capacity.

The 3 year Pilot Project will be implemented in three schools in Kono, and three in Makeni. The project has also sourced 6 teacher volunteers 2 to go to Kono and 4 to Makeni for July and August 2017 to initiate the training. 130 teachers are expected to benefit from the initial upskilling in-service training to improve content knowledge and teaching styles. Follow-up visits will be made by the programme Manager four times in the year. This pilot project will be run in collaboration with the Teaching Service Commission and the Ministry of Education and accredited by UCD.

You can hear further details from Garret Campbell at the Independence day celebration in Wynn’s Hotel on Friday 28th April at 7.30. 

Please contact,  or phone Jim at 087 9676728.


Sierra Leone Independence Day Celebration 7.00pm Fri April 28th

You are invited to Wynn’s Hotel Lower Abbey Street Dublin 1 On Friday April 28th from 7.00 ’til late.  At 7.30 Garret Campbell of Global Schoolroom will give a talk on his organisation.

Global Schoolroom brings teachers from Ireland together with their global counterparts to build each partners capacity through the sharing of educational experience, expertise and good practice.

This will be followed by a social get together with finger food, chat and music.

All Sierra Leoneans and Irish who hold SL dear to their heart are welcome.



IMF approves next tranche while urging continued reform

IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth Review Under ECF Arrangement for Sierra Leone and Approves US$33.23 Million Disbursement


  • 6 DECEMBER 2016

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the sixth review of Sierra Leone’s performance under the economic program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement[1]. Completion of the review enables the disbursement of SDR24.44million, about US$33.23million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR186.66million (about US$253.81 million). The decision was made on a lapse of time basis[2].

In completing the review, the Executive Board also approved a request for waiver for the non-observance of the continuous performance criterion on the net present value of the external debt and the non-introduction of multiple currency practices given corrective measures taken by the authorities.

Sierra Leone’s ECF arrangement was approved by the Executive Board for SDR 62.22 million (about US$86.86 million) on October 21, 2013 (see Press Release No. 13/410) and was augmented twice (see Press Release 15/86 and Press Release 14/441). It was subsequently extended until end-December 2016 (see PR No 16/314).

The government’s economic reform program supported by the ECF has achieved its key objectives despite the exogenous shocks of the Ebola epidemic and the collapse of iron ore prices and associated loss of production in 2014-2015. It aims at ensuring stronger and more inclusive growth and plays a catalytic role for bilateral and multilateral assistance.

The economy proved resilient, supported by sound macroeconomic policies, together with generous support from development partners that helped ensure fiscal and external sustainability, while providing resources to begin implementing the post-Ebola Recovery Strategy. However, the authorities need more resources to mitigate the long – lasting impact of Ebola and commodities prices shocks.

Despite this improvement, challenges persist. Looking ahead, policy should focus on continuing to anchor economic stability through sound fiscal, monetary, and debt policies while making faster progress on structural reforms. Diversifying growth, making it more inclusive and distributing its benefits more widely should be the overriding focus of economic policy.

[1] The ECF is a lending arrangement that provides sustained program engagement over the medium to long term in case of protracted balance of payments problems.
[2] The Executive Board takes decisions under its lapse of time procedure when it is agreed by the Board that a proposal can be considered without convening formal discussions.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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