Prior to the re-naming and official commissioning of the SOS Hermann Gmeiner International Primary School Freetown on 17th May 1990, the school was formerly known as the Lumley Municipal Primary.
The SOS Hermann Gmeiner International School Freetown runs a primary division, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary. It operates a two shift system-morning and afternoon. The school follows the national curriculum. Apart from the academic objective of the school, it also engages the pupils/students in extra curriculum activities such as sports, cultural club, exchange visits to other schools, debating club.
The school comprises a science lab, Home Economics department, toilets and shower room for the pupils/students after outdoor games. The school carries out a feeding programme for the pupils.
Three years after the realization of the SOS Children’s Village Bo, there was the need to establish an SOS Hermann Gmeiner School. The school started off with a primary division which made it possible for SOS children and children in the neighborhood communities to have access to quality education. Presently, the school has primary, Junior and Senior divisions. The school has a science lab, Library, administrative block and a canteen.
The SOS Hermann Gmeiner School Makeni was established In October 2007. It comprises 6 classrooms, a multipurpose hall, an administrative block and playgrounds, offering educational support to both SOS and community children up to JSS3 level.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES YOUTH FACILITY
FREETOWN & BO
The SOS youth facility Freetown & Bo was established in 1993. The objective of the youth facility is to inculcate in the youths the art of independence and prepare themselves for re-integration into the wider community. While at the youth facility, the youths plan their day to day activities with little supervision by the youth supervisor. As of now, 40 youths are residing in the youth facility.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE HOME FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED FREETOWN
In October 1988, the SOS Home for the Physically Challenged was established by the former Secretary-General of SOS Kinderdorf International, Mr. Warner Handl. Its inception was necessitated owing to the high cases of children with polio in Sierra Leone in the 70s and 80s. More so, children with polio were at the risk of losing parental care because their parents could not afford the financial resources to provide walking devices for their children with physical disabilities. The home started with the first batch of twenty (20) children from the Freetown Cheshire Home. The home comprises 20 rooms-ten in the boys section and ten in the girls section. To date, the SOS HPC is home to Thirty (30) children.
In cognizance of the children’s physiotherapy needs, a physiotherapy room is in full function which enables the children to engage in keep fit exercises under the instruction of a physiotherapist twice weekly.
Over the years of its operation, a handful of former children had graduated from university/college while some had acquired various vocational skills and are gainfully employed and independent.
In the area of active partnerships, it has established a capacity building partnership with Handicapped International who provides special training sessions for the attendants in the home to meet the special needs of the children. Further to this, the SOS HPC in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI) have been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.
The inclusion policy of SOS Children’s Villages International for our children with physical disability to access education has enabled the children to attend the SOS Hermann Gmeiner International School Freetown and other public schools with other children.
The children/youths enjoy an open door social inclusion in areas such as exchange sporting events with other institutions caring for the disabled, outings to the beach. In some instances, the SOS children’s village and the home undertake joint social programmes.
Presently there is only one HPC in Freetown.