Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Population – 5,485,998
Jewish Population – unknown

Government-Related Holocaust Education/Information

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – A national curriculum could not be located, but Sierra Leone does not appear to mandate Holocaust education. Sierra Leone has publicized its curricular reform efforts. These reforms include developing a curriculum sensitive to gender issues and indigenous populations, educating about HIV/AIDS and educating to combat discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and ultimately promoting civic responsibility, democracy, and peace.

Sierra Leone has a National Commission for UNESCO.

The Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, among others, joined the Chair of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention for a September 2006 seminar on genocide prevention.

In March 2011, Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone issued stamps honoring 12 Jews who fought apartheid and racism in Africa.

General Holocaust Education/Information

Special Court for Sierra Leone – In conjunction with war crimes trials related to Sierra Leone’s civil war, the Special Court for Sierra Leone conducts outreach to the general population and targeted audiences, including to educators and students, the military, police, and judiciary, as well as religious and civil society leaders. This outreach, including “train the trainer” professional development, has inspired Human Rights and Peace Clubs at the high school level and Accountability Now Clubs at the university level. The Government of Sierra Leone, the Special Court, and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund intend to convert the facility into a Peace Museum, showcasing artifacts and testimony used in the trials. The Museum will house the Special Court’s archives and have a multipurpose room to host further trainings.


Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia convicted of aiding and abetting the commission war crimes in Sierra Leone’s civil war, has allegedly converted to Judaism. One of his wives, Victoria Taylor, told the BBC World Service in June 2009.