Senior High School Debate

Senior Secondary SDG Model is a partnership project between Africa Youth for Peace and Development and Crossing Borders Demark funded by CISU- Denmark. The project seeks to mobilize and enable young people from Senior High Schools in Sierra Leone to debate and implementation the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda in their schools and communities. This project is the second in Crossing Borders’ “Youth and SDGs” series strategy, where they seek to put young people at the center of not only knowledge about SDGs, but also to gain the skills and tools and empowerment to work with SDGs and to hold their governments accountable for the achievement of the SDGs.

In Sierra Leone working with AYPAD Organization, the project seeks to deploy Model United Nations (MUN) method to enable students to learn about and debate the SDGs in their schools. In this way, the project will enhance youth leadership and sense of ownership of their own learning process and outcomes, which is rare in that part of the global south. The students will simulation to represent how the different levels of authorities debate SDGS toward reaching agreement that will help achieve the SDGS in Sierra Leone. For this, we reach out to 17 schools in all the 12 districts in Sierra Leone. Thus, the plan is to have each of the 17 schools choose one of the SDGS, learn about it in depth, present and defend it in the inter-school MUN SGDS tournaments.

Final Goal


Fund Raised




1. Raising awareness among Senior High School students about the SDGs and how they can contribute to their achievement toward the improvement of the situation of young people in Sierra Leone.
2. Mobilizing students, teachers and schools to employ a hands-on approach for the inclusion of the SDGs in their curriculum and extra/curricula activities.
3. Capitalize and maximize on the existing skills of the students, teachers and the communities to engage and contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs for their own good.

The Challenge

    The three above objectives was achieved through the methods of Model United Nations debate form. Thus, the students learned about the SDGs while they enhance their debating and public speaking skills. The students also learned the art of rhetoric, team work, democratic discussion and listening skills, the ability to network, present and defend their ideas and reach sustainable solutions to the problems under consideration. The students were be trained to present their ideas eloquently and concisely, as well as analyzing and assessing vital issues with a critical eye. This offered them the opportunity to become change makers.

    Such opportunities have been out of reach for the students due to:

    1. Limited access to information, the right to have their opinions considered.
    2. Limited debating and public speaking skills among the young people, especially in rural areas.
    3. Most methods used in reaching out to students are low in standard and fall within the school routine, and often get mixed up with all other formal class aspects.
    4. With insufficient information about the SDGs among the youth, they have very limited opportunity to get engaged in the implementation of the SDGS.

Schools that’s participated:

- Saint Joseph Secondary Schools for Girls
- Freetown Secondary School for Girls
- Saint Edwards Secondary School (Boys)
- Prince of Wales
- Grammar school
- Ahmadiya Muslim School
- Muraldo secondary School Lunsar
- Matora Girl School
- Kono Senior Secodary School
- Bo School
- Imperi Senior Secondary School (Bonthe)
- Saint Francis secondary School
- Government Technical
- Anne Walsh Memorial School
- Government Model Secondary
- Albert Academy
- Kolenten Secondary Kambia