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2014 Sierra Leone: Evaluation of UNICEF Radio Listener Group

Author: Adeyemie Rodney-Sandy

Executive summary

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UNICEF, in its effort to support government to improve basic education in communities across the country, designed a project with the purpose of ensuring that the girl child in particular has access to basic education, they are retained in schools to ensure completion of the of span of basic education; to increase the level of awareness on the code of conduct for teachers, and to amplify the relevance of reading. Girls’ enrolment and retention in schools is low in most rural communities. The objectives of the project were to be achieved through the development of strategic partnerships with communities for the implementation of the activities of the project including the production and broadcast of radio the serial drama with messages on the four education thematic areas mentioned above for the communities covered by the project


• To assess the relevance of the project;
• To assess the effectiveness of the project;
• To assess the efficiency of the project;
• To assess the impact of the project; and
• To assessment the sustainability of the project


The methodology comprised both qualitative and quantitative methods in order to achieve the objectives of the evaluation.  The qualitative methodology was conducted through focus group discussions and key informant interviews, whilst the quantitative evaluation was done through the collection of data using structured questionnaire. Most of the work done was qualitative.

Findings and Conclusions:

Through this project the awareness level of the messages highlighted in the serial drama have been raised significantly in most of the communities selected. The project definitely contributed to an improvement in the standard of basic education in these poor rural communities


• A thorough check should be conducted on all intended strategic partners to ensure that the required expertise and capacity is available.
• Project specific MOUs should be signed between the radio stations and the Implementing Partner. Signed copies of such agreements with other partners should be submitted to the clients.
• Community related projects must always have the blessings and involvement of traditional heads to ensure the effectiveness and eventual impact of any nature

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