Jackson and Devon Anderson Technical Institute (JADA)
Name of Instituion
Technical Vocational Institute
Type of Instituion
JADA Technical Institute was established in response to the felt need of the people in the Rutile and Bauxite Mining communities. In January 2008, Africare received a private grant from Dwight Anderson, a former investor in the Sierra Rutile Limited (SRL) Mining Company for the establishment of a technical and vocational skills training institute in collaboration with the Rutile Mining Company to cater for the youths living in the southern province of Sierra Leone. The institute has been named the Jackson and Devon Anderson Technical Institute in honour of Mr. Anderson’s children. UNIDO – SL donated some funds to procure the didactic materials for the engineering courses.
The Institute building is situated on a five-acre portion of the Sierra Rutile Mining lease that has been set aside for use by the Institute. Training operations commenced in earnest in the Institute on the 4th of October 2010.
Available Facilities and Opportunities
A building with six classrooms, Principal’s Office, Secretary and staffroom. Sanitation facilities are available for staff and students with twenty-four-hour electricity and water supply from the Sierra Rutile Company. Furthermore, Sierra Rutile provides the Institute with the opportunity to use the well-equipped company workshops for practical trainings. At present, the Institute has five acres of land and stands to acquire more for agricultural purposes from the Paramount Chiefs. The security of the Sierra Rutile Company provides twenty-four-hour security services.
There have been significant achievements made toward successfully establishing and operating the Jackson and Devon Anderson Technical Institute, but the project now faces certain resource limitations. When the plan to establish the Institute was originally proposed, it was envisioned that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology after three years of the Institute’s operation would provide financial assistance, particularly with general administrative affairs and staff salaries, which has not been approved yet.
Further challenges are the running costs of the institution, including the aforementioned staff salary, a well-equipped workshop building owned by the institution to make provisions for students practical training in the various programmes, the lacking infrastructure concerning classrooms, student quarters, etc. and a store is also required for safe storage of didactic and other school materials.
The Institute provides facilities for professional and specialized training in Technology and Engineering at NTC and Diploma level respectively. The areas covered are:
|1||Electrical & Electronics Technology||Electrical & Electronics Engineering|
|2||Mechanical Technology||Mechanical Technology|
|3||Building & Construction||Building & Construction|
|4||Auto Mobile Technology||Auto Mobile Technology|
|5||Business Studies||Business Studies|
Partnership with Sierra Rutile Ltd. (SRL) and GIZ
In February 2018, Sierra Rutile Ltd. (SRL), JADA Technical Institute and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German International Cooperation – GIZ) signed a contract for a development partnership titled ’From Mines to Minds 2 – Supporting demand-oriented skills development in Sierra Leone through a Development Partnership with the Private Sector (DPP) at JADA’. It is the second development partnership between GIZ and a mining company in Sierra Leone within the past few years. In 2013-2014, a similar project has been implemented with the London Mining Company (LMC) and the St. Joseph Technical Institute in Lunsar. The ‘From Mines to Minds 2’ project is jointly funded by SRL, JADA and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the GIZ-implemented ‘PPP Fund for the Cooperation with Companies in Countries of the Mano River Union’. The overall objective of the project is to improve the skills and employability of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) graduates of the JADA Technical Institute. This will be achieved by turning JADA Technical Institute into a demand-driven and practice-oriented training institution. The two target-courses are Mechanical and Electrical & Electronics Technology. The cooperation is foreseen to be concluded in July 2020.