KrioLiteracy and Scripture Engagement

Strengthen literacy classes, launch new classes, and support ministry entrepreneurs who visit local churches to promote Krio literacy.

Scripture Engagement


  • Sierra Leone


  • West Africa

Language Population


Literacy leads to transformation

Financial constraints prevented Pastor Sanu from attending school. Literacy training received through The Institute for Sierra Leonean Languages (TISLL) qualified him to teach Krio at the village junior secondary school. “My wife and several church members can now read the Krio Bible!”

Many people are eager to better understand God’s Word, but low literacy rates among the Krio people prevent them from reading Scripture. The Krio Literacy and Scripture Engagement Program transforms people’s lives as they gain the ability to read and engage with God’s Word in the language they understand best.

Empower Local Leaders

We believe that every community should have the opportunity to read the Bible in the language they understand best, led by people they trust and respect. Your financial gifts and prayers equip leaders in Sierra Leone to bring God’s Word to the Krio-speaking community of West Africa.

Program Goals

  1. Facilitate the establishment of new and maintaining the old literacy classes.
  2. Print teaching and learning materials:
    • 200 copies of Pre-Primer books
    • 200 copies of Primer 1A and Primer B
    • 100 copies of the Krio culture book
    • 100 copies of “Short Walk to Knowing God”
    • 350 copies of class registers
    • 100 copies of teacher guides for children’s ministry
  3. Conduct routine church-to-church awareness raising on the importance of the mother tongue in propagating God’s Word.

Krio Literacy and Scripture Engagement Program Plan

Step 1

Strengthen current literacy classes and launch new classes.

Step 2

Print teaching and learning materials for students.

Step 3

Increase awareness among churches of the need for God’s Word in the Krio language.

Meet the Local Team

Partner Organizations

Honoring the Language

English-based Creole is spoken by descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area.

Krio is a first language for 10% of the population but understood by 95%

Program Progress

  • The scripts for “Short Walk to Knowing God” and the Krio culture book are finished!
  • Facilitators were trained for four new literacy classes, and those new classes have started.

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