Tucked away in eastern Sierra Leone, the Swawou Layout Community Primary School for Girls was first set up in 2009 by the Swawou Foundation to offer free primary education to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In a country where 70% live on under US$1.25 a day, almost a quarter of primary school aged children do not attend school and poverty remains the number one barrier to gaining an education. Uneducated girls are more at risk of becoming marginalised. They are more likely to be forced into early marriage and motherhood and less likely to have a voice in the social and political realities which influence the quality of their daily lives.
BuildX Studio broke ground for the construction of the Swawou School in 2014 for new learning facilities of up to 120 girls from the local community offering hope and inspiration for a community committed towards educating girls.