Lead partner: University of Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone)

Expected duration: Four years

Assuring Quality Higher Education in Sierra Leone will bring together higher education institutions across Sierra Leone to work together to enhance the quality of higher education service delivery, leading to improved management and implementation of outcome-based education, and the establishment of a National Qualifications Framework. 

In recent history, Sierra Leone’s higher education system has been negatively affected by a number of factors, including poor financing, limited staff training opportunities, ailing research infrastructure and the lack of an effective quality management system. This has led to teachers at the higher education level being unable to align course content with the needs of the job market and the aspirations of the growing number of students.

The partnership aims to tackle this by:

  • creating an enabling environment for the introduction of outcome-based education through a National Qualifications Framework supported by complementary quality assurance systems for higher education institutions in Sierra Leone
  • supporting the implementation of outcome-based education through the strategic curricula realignment, staff capacity building and the introduction of innovative teaching and learning systems across higher education institutions. 

Assuring Quality Higher Education in Sierra Leone will support the development of governance frameworks, policy instruments, institutional management capacities, educational resources and staff delivery capabilities required for effective outcome-based education in participating institutions. This will lay the foundation for introducing innovative teaching and learning systems. The goal is to ensure that lecturers are able to utilise emerging opportunities in IT to generate a rich mix of classroom experiences for their students. 

The partnership, led by a consortium of higher education institutions in Sierra Leone, will work to strengthen existing local and international partnerships to ensure collaborative development in the implementation of system improvements. It will also establish a private-public sector partnership network to facilitate interaction between higher education institutions and the public and private sectors, ensuring employer priorities and national development needs are reflected in higher education training programmes. 

By bringing stakeholders to the centre stage of curriculum reform and strengthening institutional capacities for effective quality management, the partnership will result in enhanced quality of teaching and learning through an outcome-based approach embedded in a National Qualifications Framework for employability and national development. It will trigger a paradigm shift from the traditional lecture-centred approach to learning-outcome approach and student-centred focus across the country. This will produce a more responsive national workforce that is capable of providing the required technical inputs for public and private sector growth.