About Teach For Sierra Leone

Teach For Sierra Leone (TFSL) is a not-for-profit leadership development and education fellowship program that seeks to attract, recruit and develop a cohort of future leaders with a passion for ending educational inequity (disparities in quality of education) in Sierra Leone. The fellowship provides leadership training, teacher training, coaching and mentorship to highly qualified recent university graduates and professionals from varied disciplines.

TFSL fellows teach in high need schools and rural communities for two years, impacting the lives of individual children, affecting change in teaching practice, school culture and educational outcomes in the communities in which they serve. Alumni of the Programme then have the opportunity to build on their classroom teaching experience to drive long-term change within the educational system as they progress into leadership roles in their varied private, public and educational sector professions, working to make systemic, long-term changes in the fight against educational inequity in Sierra Leone.

Our Vision and Mission


TFSL envisions that one day, all children in Sierra Leone will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education that will help them achieve their full potential….


To expand educational opportunity by developing transformative future leaders that will lead systemic change to create a truly liberatory environment that will end educational injustices in Sierra Leone.


In order to cultivate and sustain a growing community of leaders that will immensely contribute in eradicating education injustice, TFSL will deploy a two-pronged approach – short term and long term.

Our Core Values

Locally Rooted and Globally Informed

We value the enormous assets in the communities where we work, immerse ourselves in local perspectives, needs and opportunities, and work in deep partnership with students, families, educators, and community members..

Continuous Learning

We are committed to open and continuous reflection and growth. We ask for and welcome constructive feedback from one another, our students and ourselves in order to ground our work in honesty.

Sense of Possibility

We know that excellence can be achieved. We hold consistently high expectations for ourselves, our students and one another, in the face of any and all challenges.

Innovation is Simple

We are committed to introducing innovative solutions, moulding systems and challenging standards to produce new ideas that are easy to understand, apply, and proliferate. We work with sincerity and diligence to invent the future.


We don’t compare ourselves to the alternative, but set an urgent and ambitious goals that we keep pushing higher.

Respect and Empathy

We treat one another and the communities we serve with respect and empathy. We embrace difference in perspective and experience, and view them as opportunities to learn and grow. We seek first to understand and then to be understood.

Make a Donation

Thank you for your interest in giving to Teach For Sierra Leone! Your support means a lot to us, and every donation, large or small, will help us build a powerful movement of leaders who are dedicated to expanding educational opportunity for all children in Sierra Leone.

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Meet Our CEO

Josephine Mariagorretti Saidu

Chief Executive Officer

TFSL is driven by the dynamic leadership of the CEO, Josephine Saidu. She gained inspiration for this venture from growing up in a teacher household during her formatives years, and experiencing first-hand the impact of poverty on restricting access to quality education.

TFSL is driven by the dynamic leadership of the CEO, Josephine Saidu. She gained inspiration for this venture from growing up in a teacher household during her formatives years, and experiencing first-hand the impact of poverty on restricting access to quality education. Prior to this role, she worked as a Broadcast Journalist covering stories on issues affecting disadvantaged and underprivileged communities and, as a Communications Specialist, witnessed the adverse inequalities  children faced in rural areas which led to her service as an Ambassador and Advocate for educational justice and teaching excellence.

Josephine holds an MBA from Cardiff University – UK, a BA (Hons.) in Broadcast Media and Journalism from Birkbeck College – University of London, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from the Chartered Institute of Marketers (CIMA) and a currently registered on a distant learning professional course in Early Childhood Education and Care at the University of East London.

Join Our Movement

Teach For Sierra Leone is looking for our country’s most promising leaders to take on the challenge of rebuilding and transforming our nation through high quality education. Our admissions process is highly selective and competitive, and we are expecting to admit the top 5% of applicants. Successful candidates typically demonstrate a proven record of academic excellence and non-academic leadership, alignment with our core values and mission, strong critical thinking skills and the ability to overcome challenges.

Our Blog


MOYA TAKES YOUTH EMPOWERMENT TO ANOTHER LEVEL – as National Youth Service (NYS) signs an MOU with Teach For Sierra Leone (TFSL) In his unrelenting strides to maximise opportunities for human capital development in Sierra Leone, the young and dynamic Minister of Youths Affairs, Hon. Mohamed Orman Bangura, today 23rd June 2020, supervised the signing…


Our Partners

Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education

Teach For All

Ministry of Youth Affairs

Rockdale Foundation

National Youth Services

Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission

Sierra Leone Teachers Union

Milton Margai College of Education and Technology