ERIC Number: EJ858940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons in Leadership: International Education
Kanu, Alusine M.; Kettlewell, Gail B.
Community College Journal, v80 n1 p32-34 Aug-Sep 2009
Sierra Leone, a country the size of South Carolina on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, was once known as the "Athens of West Africa." Today, the Republic is recovering from a 10-year war that ended in 2002. When the author, Alusine Kanu, who holds a doctorate of arts in community college education from Virginia's George Mason University (GMU), visited his homeland in 2004, he returned with the vision that community colleges might be an answer to rebuilding the country. He took the idea to Gail Kettlewell, director of GMU's community college program, and the two performed a feasibility study acquiring information from Sierra Leoneans living in the Washington, D.C., area and in Sierra Leone. Continued work and further visits to the country have resulted in the donation of 200 acres in each of the towns of Lunsar, Makeni, Kono, and Pujehun, worth a total of $2 million. The government of Sierra Leone and GMU created a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a new community-based education system within the country. This article discusses the International Community College Town Center (ICCTC) system in Sierra Leone whose mission is similar to that of many U.S. community colleges. In addition to providing support for building and sustaining peace and democracy within the country, the center also serves as a catalyst for economic development. Through the ICCTC model, the hope is that thousands of adults previously denied education in Sierra Leone and countries like it can become productive citizens.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Community Colleges, Educational Development, Models, Economic Development, International Education, Leadership, Universities, Educational Cooperation, Developing Nations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sierra Leone