Fighting gender inequality
Plan International believe girls respond better to - and are most motivated by - female teachers. Only 16% of primary school teachers and 8% of secondary teachers exist in rural Sierra Leone. While the lack of female authority figures can be a barrier, this isn't the only problem that girls have to face. Culturally, girls are viewed as less intellectual and are given less attention and encouragement to perform in schools. Training more female teachers will hopefully improve the quality of education and retention rates of girls.
Watch the video below to hear Sally Jones, Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Johnson Matthey, explain why the Teacher Training College is so important.
Supporting female teachers in Sierra Leone
Hear what Sally Jones has to say on partnering with Plan International.