Child sponsorship Kankan, Guinea

Over 40 per cent of young people (15-24 years) in Guinea are illiterate.  We are seeking to improve the quality of education and raise aspirations and opportunities. 

In Guinea, there are currently three SOS Schools and three SOS Nurseries.  These facilities provide education to children from SOS Villages and from the wider community. Staff members are well trained and the resources available to students are of a high standard. Below you can read an overview of our education projects in Guinea.  

Learn more about what SOS is doing to help children and young people in Guinea.

Raphael's Story

In the village of N'Zérékoré, Raphael loves school so much, he has decided to become a teacher when he is older and asks to be called 'Monsieur Raphael'. So serious is he about his chosen career, that even though Raphael’s only 11, he sometimes helps out at the nursery next door, drawing shapes and writing words on the blackboard.

SOS Schools in Conakry - Guinea's capital city

Children from Conakry in GuineaThe SOS Nursery at Conakry has around 250 children, most coming from the local community and around ten from our SOS village.

  • Two classes operate in the morning and another shift takes place in the afternoon. Learning includes Montessori teaching methods and emphasis is also placed on physical, behavioural and artistic lessons.
  • During the year, the nursery celebrates the birthdays of the children and also takes them out on special outings. One recent trip was to the National Museum. 

The SOS Primary and Secondary School at Conakry has nearly 700 students, around 100 coming from the SOS village.

  • The school is one of the best in the capital city, with children achieving average final assessments of around 90% at both primary and secondary levels. Excellent educational materials and facilities are available, including new laboratory equipment for chemistry and biology students.
  • As well as providing the best academic schooling, students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of cultural and sporting activities, including football competitions, arts festivals and a new scout club.

Discover more about our work to support children in Conakry. 

SOS Schools in Kankan

Children and teacher at computer lesson in SOS School in Kankan, GuineaThe SOS nursery at Kankan has around 80 children, with approximately ten coming from the SOS village.

  • The school focuses on an educational programme which prepares children for primary school and includes Montessori learning methods and activities which strengthen the children’s literacy and language skills.
  • As well as involving the children in drawing and art, the school began sessions in expression and dance such as ballet. Children have also been enjoying the learning of some basic English, simple words such as ‘hello’, ‘welcome’ and ‘goodbye’.

The SOS primary and secondary school at Kankan has nearly 400 students, with over 100 coming from the SOS village.

  • The school has the honour of being known as one of the best in the region and in one recent year achieved a 100% success rate for the entrance to the 7th grade and high school.
  • Extra-curricular clubs at the school include physical activities such as football and dance, fashion shows and recently our pupils won a regional general knowledge competition.

Discover more about our work to support children in Kankan.

SOS Schools in N'Zerekore

A future at N'Zérékoré, GuineaThe SOS Nursery at N’zérékoré has around 160 children, most coming from the local community and around 15 from our SOS Village.

  • The school has five classrooms where a range of learning activities takes place. The toddler groups have many toys to play with and children are also encouraged to paint and draw.
  • The school holds a sports day and participates in various annual fundraising activities for the local community. And the children often go out on educational trips.

The SOS Primary and Secondary School at N’zérékoré has over 700 students, divided into 19 classes.

  • With regular assessments of pupils’ progress, the school achieves high academic results. Pass rates at primary level are generally above 75% and at secondary level above 85%.
  • Pupils take part in a number of different sports, including athletics, volleyball and football. The school also offers dance instruction, including both modern and traditional ballet.

 Discover more about our work to support children in N'Zérékoré. 


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