Kaningo, Sierra Leone
Today Kaningo is regarded as an outer district of Freetown, but it remains relatively isolated due to its location in hilly terrain. Access is difficult on rough unmade roads, the area lacks water services and the electricity supply can be uncertain. Although the decade long civil war ended in 2002 its destructive impact is still apparent in a country where, despite its potential wealth, many of its people live in poverty, literacy levels are low and youth unemployment high.
The recent Ebola crisis has compounded the difficulties faced by the community.
CESO owns the premises and the land on which the school is built. The CESO trustees share a joint and equal responsibility to work in accordance with UK charity law to manage the charity in line with its principal objectives of promoting the delivery and development of self financing and sustainable learning for nursery and primary aged children and supporting the development and community centred activities from the school premises in Kaningo.
In accordance with legal requirements in Sierra Leone the ILMS is registered as an NGO with SLANGO, MOFED, MSWGCA and the Council. However, the school does not receive funds from the Sierra Leone government and operates as an independent fee paying school, supported by CESO UK.
Locally it is managed by Ivor Leigh Jnr, CESO’s Director in Kaningo, who has day to day responsibility for overseeing the running of the school and the administration of the ILMS budget. Ivor Leigh is a respected community leader and the ILMS functions as a centre for community development work, also supported by CESO UK.