The Middle School Service Council is so excited to be hosting our awareness raising event called “Disco For a Difference.” The purpose of the event is twofold – work with the WE organization (WE.org) to highlight the disparities in access to education, specifically in Sierra Leone - West Africa, as well as provide a space where we can bring together and support the work of other groups here at school which are also dedicated to promoting equity here at our school, locally, nationally and globally.
From the collection of information booths, games, activities, and a disco-themed dance party, we hope that our guests leave with more knowledge and awareness about the many causes that need all of our attention. We are also conducting some informal fundraising off-campus in the months prior to the event for those interested in making donations to bring educational opportunities to the children of Sierra Leone.
As the Middle School Service Council we are dedicated to promoting educational equity both locally and globally. Educational equity is defined as a measure of fairness and opportunity in education. Inequity in education is often due to socioeconomic standing, race, gender, or disability. At our school we strive to be an inclusive environment and to be leaders both in our communities and around the world.
About WE Villages
Built on 20 years of experience, WE Villages is our international development model that addresses the five primary causes of poverty. This highly effective five-pillar model helps provide holistic and sustainable solutions that work in tandem to transform communities.
Each pillar is a critical component to breaking the cycle of poverty. WE Villages’ five Pillars of Impact are: Education, Water, Health, Food and Opportunity. Through this program partner communities work in collaboration with WE to take ownership of the program and projects to create lasting change. We help community members develop the skills, strategies and infrastructure to take charge of their future and maintain long-term change.
It starts with schooling. If we’re going to talk seriously about ending child poverty, we need to talk about education. Giving a child an education is the best way to set them up for success and break the cycle of poverty.
Why Sierra Leone?
Despite a large amount of natural resources, Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 181 out of 188 on the United Nations Human Development Index. From 1991 to 2002, Sierra Leone underwent a volatile and relentless 11-year civil war, from which it continues to suffer repercussions today. WE’s work in Sierra Leone dates back to 2002 with the end of the civil war. WE began implementing projects to improve communities’ access to clean water, health care and alternative income with the goal of giving communities the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to combat poverty. Education is free and mandatory for all Sierra Leone children, but a chronic shortage of schools and teachers has made access to education nearly impossible for many children. The civil war, which destroyed 1,270 schools, only compounded the problem. Nearly half of all Sierra Leone children between five and 14 are involved in child labor, while 36 percent of primary school-aged girls don’t attend school, and 52 percent of girls aged five to 14 are illiterate. This is where WE Charity helps by building schools to support higher quality education and providing libraries and administrative offices.
Your Support Matters!
$25 - School kit for a child
$50 - Primary education for one child
$3,000 - Secondary school scholarship
Thank you so much for donating!