Traditional Educational Institutions in Child Education in Sierra Leone

ABSTRACT – Educating the child has always been very important to parents. The Poro and Bondo Secret Societies were institutions where Sierra Leonean children used to undergo training among the Themnes, Kpa Mendes, Sherbros and Konos. These secret societies were very instrumental for the total development of the child. Both secret societies were social and educational institutions which helped to preserve societal norms and values; they served as institutions for higher learning. History reveals that there were no formal schools where children were educated. Parents sent their children to either craftsmen or have them in farms without learning any skills. The introduction of formal education started in the colony after the arrival of ex-slaves in the eighteenth century. This has brought about dramatic changes in the country’s educational

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