Observing our effective work with primary and secondary schools in Goderich since 2006, the local community asked Extra Mile to open and run a ‘free’ secondary school for children in the village whose families could not afford to send them to school.

From 2012-16 the project took shape: from identifying and clearing the land bequeathed by the community, raising the funds, getting government approval and building permits and finally designing and building Phase 1 of the school, one fit for purpose.

Building work was halted between August 2014 and April 2015 owing to the Ebola crisis. The school opened in September 2016 with 55 students in two classes and since then has gone from strength to strength. The school received official government recognition in May 2018. In June 2019 there are 108 students on role, all following courses leading to nationally accredited examinations. This year our top class will be the first in the school to take the BECE examination (the Sierra Leonean equivalent of GCSE) and all being well will proceed to begin their senior secondary education in September 2019.

As the roll has increased, so has the need for additional classrooms and specialist facilities, such as for science and IT. Phase 2 building work started in January 2019 and is proceeding well. It is anticipated that facilities for senior secondary school education and for a roll of about 140 will be ready for the start of the next academic year 2019-20.

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To achieve the completion of Phase 2 and to continue to fulfil our mission in Goderich we still need your help to provide continuing ‘free’ education for the poor and vulnerable children of Goderich.