Sierra Leone’s education system is marked by fragility. After a prolonged civil war, disease (Ebola) and environmental disasters, 53% of children from poor rural communities are out of school (MICS6 Survey, 2017). 55% of teachers are uncertified and poorly motivated, and only 23% are qualified to teach the subjects they teach in schools. 85% of children lack foundational literacy and numeracy skills. Children from the richest backgrounds are 14 times more likely to complete school than those from the poorest backgrounds. Similarly, children from urban areas are 9 times more likely to complete school than those from rural areas, and only 18% of girls complete senior secondary school. This is a crisis that must be addressed with urgency. We must collectively mobilise our most capable leaders to address this most critical problem.