Our Mission / Vision Statement
|To help minimize illiteracy in Sierra Leone, West Africa, the mission of Excelling Youth Educational Scholarship (EYES) Program, a nonprofit charity organization formed and composed of Sierra Leonean Scholars is to help the brightest young Sierra Leonean children who come from poor families achieve an education that will increase their chances for future success. The EYES Program will choose kids from both the primary and secondary school levels and provide scholarships to enable them to become
competitive in the local job market, by giving them a noteworthy, quality education; allowing them the opportunity to develop into better citizens, and participants in the growth and progression of Sierra Leone.
Education is the key to success. Due to the astounding rate of poverty in Africa, thousands of children are deprived of the basic essential of education necessary to survive in the world today. In Sierra Leone alone, the majority of the youth between the ages of 12 and 21 years-old lack the basic education to neither read nor write. Low educational rates in Africa are due to the lack of adequate learning institutions and minimal educational opportunities. Furthermore, teachers are in general hard to employ because of the extreme low pay grade offered. The decline of education in Africa is largely due in part of the emigration of some of its brightest and gifted students to more developed countries offering a brighter educational system. As a result, many African governments tend to prioritize other needs over education, such as balancing debts and military activities. According to a March 2011 report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), armed conflict is said to be the biggest threat to education in Africa.