Vocational Institute

With respect and understanding for the needs of local rural inhabitants, the Safer Future Youth Trapc050884ining and Vocational Institute tries to reduce high youth unemployment through training in practical and necessary life skills. The goal of the Vocational Institute is to encourage local inhabitants to improve their skills in order to benefit their local communities ,and thus avoiding “brain drain”.
The Technical and vocational institute was established in 1994 to cater for the less privileged in society. In   contrast to most other Vocational Institutes, the training offered is free except for practical costs – an amount which is not readily met by most students.
Courses offered at the institute are Tailoring & Dressmaking, Carpentry & Joinery, Catering & Hotel Management, Building Construction, Gara Tie Dye/Batik and Soap-making, Cosmetology and Computer Studies. Besides these core study areas, every student acquires basic knowledge in Mathematics, English, General Paper, Guidance & Counseling, and Economical agriculture.

1. Building & Construction Department
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Established in:2001/2002
Duration: 2 years

2. Gara Tie Dye, Batik and Soap making Department
Established in: 2000/2001
Duration: 2 years
Subjects: Gara Theory/Practical, Soap Theory/ Practical, Mathematics, Communication, General Paper, Agriculture, Guidance and Counseling

3. Tailoring and Dressmaking Department

Established in: 1993/1994
Duration: 2 years
Subjects: Tailoring Theory/Practical, Measurement, Mathematics, Communication, General Paper, Agriculture, Guidance and Counseling

4. Hair dressing Department (Cosmetology)
Established: 2006/2007
Duration: 1 year
Subjects: Cosmetology, Practical, Technology, Mathematics, Communication, General Paper, Agriculture. Guidance and Counseling

5. Carpentry and Joinery Department
Established in: 1998
Duration: 2 years
Subjects: Carpentry and Joinery Theory (Technology), Carpentry and Joinery Practical, Craft Science, Mathematics, Communication, General Paper, Agriculture, Guidance and Counseling

6. Catering and Hotel Management Department
Established in: 1998
Duration: 2 years
Subjects: Food Production, Food Distribution, Front Office, Home Management, Human Behaviour and Relationship, Food Hygiene, Mathematics, Communication, General Paper, Agriculture, Guidance and Counseling

Secondary School

In 2008 the Safer Future Youth Development Programme established a junior Secondary School to cater for the less privileged in the community. The school had grown in number and its first batch of Basic Education Certificate Examination graduates gave the rational of starting the Senior Secondary School in 2013. Both schools are situated in Lower Allentown where the programme headquarters is located. The school has been renamed after the death of the overseas coordinator’s mother as The Elizabeth Strele Memorial Secondary School.
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Competence Centre for Renewable Energies(CCRE)

Safer Future with the support from the Austrian government is operating the Competence Centre for Renewable Energy.  The Centre is a research and education institution that is geared towards the development of locally adopted applications of renewable energy sources to realize an independent, decentralised and clean energy supply.
The Centre has graduated 10 female and 10 male technicians in the application and dissemination of Solar Photovoltaic, and Biomass and Biogas technologies. The training last for  9 months at the former “Rural Electronics Workshop (REW)” in Nyangbatown, Koya Rural District.
Actually Safer Future is enlarging the training centre at Nyangba Town in constructing additional student and staff dormitories (see pictures below). Beside this activity the teaching staff has already begun researches in the field of Biomass/Biogas and started a test biogas – tank fed with pig waste (see pictures below).

During theory class

Before the renaming of the Rural Electronic Workshop to Competence Centre for Renewable Energy in 2006, a pilot training for twelve Sierra Leoneans on solar photovoltaic and electronic skills was held. The six months residential course was on Basic Electronics and Solar Photovoltaic Technology.
During Practical Class
The training was conducted by two trained technicians of Safer Future and two Austrian volunteers.

Department: Solar Photovoltaic Department
Training is done in both theory and practicals
Established in: February 2006
Duration: 9 months
Theory Subjects: Basic Solar Photovoltaic, Basic Electronics/Electric Engineering, Mathematics, Communication, General Paper, Agriculture, House Installation, Guidance and Counseling
Practical Subjects: Electronics, Photovoltaic Installation-Maintenance and Repair, Agriculture

Computer Training

Before the Computer Centre was started in 2006, an Austrian volunteer by the name of Tobias Defranceschi trained three staff of the Programme (Ella, Amadu and Sheku(late)) in computer soft and basic hardware. The Centre is powered by solar electricity Installed by the Programme’s own trained technicians. The centre provides desk top publishing, printing and scanning service and support the  Programme’s management in administrative work. Training in software and basic hardware are on offer at the centre. A minimal fee is charge for every service being offered in order to be able to finance the ruining cost. A building project that was intended for the Computer Centre is still under construction. It is our hope that upon completion the Centre will have enough space to accommodate the equipment available and for future expansion. The Centre is in dire need of computers,photo copiers and colour printers.

Pictures of the unfinished building

Department: Computer Centre
Founded in: 2006
Head of Department: Miss Ella Yeama Yanker
Teachers: Mr. Amadu D.C. Bangura, Miss Ella Yeama Yanker
Courses: Basic Hardware, MS Windows 2000/XP, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, MS Publisher, Installation, Networking, Internet, Visio
Course Duration: 4 weeks for each course

Practical Photos

Education & Training

SFYDP in trying to improve the lives of the under privileged operates an educational department that caters for normal academic education and technical/vocational training. These are offered at very reasonable cost to the beneficiaries. The programme owns a junior and senior secondary school and technical/Vocational Institute that covers a wide range of courses to meet the demands of the market.

Please click on the links on the left side to find out more about our educational and training programmes.