By Pia Peeters, Wendy Cunningham, Gayatri Acharya, Arvil Van Adams

ISBN-10: 0821378228

ISBN-13: 9780821378229

ISBN-10: 0821379089

ISBN-13: 9780821379080

Developing activity possibilities for a wide and starting to be variety of teens is a key improvement problem for the govt. of Sierra Leone. interpreting the provision and insist facets of the hard work industry, this booklet assesses the demanding situations and innovations for making improvements to sustainable livelihood possibilities for early life in post-conflict Sierra Leone.

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These rates are lower than the averages for lowincome countries in Africa. In addition to low levels of school enrollment, the quality of education is low and repetition rates very high. Currently, about half of sixth graders in primary school are older than 13. Health The overall health of the population, including sexual and reproductive health, remains poor. Infant, child, and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world. The low rates suggest that the main risk of HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone is among high-risk groups, such as commercial sex workers, miners, truck drivers, the police, and the military (UNAIDS 2006).

1 Source: Authors’ calculation based on the 2004 Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey. 0 percent. most firms hire workers through personal connections and word of mouth. People 15–19 and 25–35 prefer direct job search (applying to employers or visiting firms/work sites). Young people are frustrated by informal methods of job search, because they believe that they have fewer labor market connections than adults and thus do not have a fair chance to compete for a job. As a result, they feel that they end up in more physically demanding and less glamorous jobs than those obtained through personal connections (World Bank and ENCISS 2007).

Third, the value of school may not be high to young people or their families, where “walking behind one’s father” is considered the best preparation for the job market. The focus group discussions reveal that although farming is not considered a profession and parents would prefer that their children go to school, learn a trade, and get a job, the pressures of daily life lead to a different outcome (World Bank and ENCISS 2007). This low incidence is common across Sub-Saharan Africa (World Bank 2007b), although it is not common in other developing regions in the world.

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