Young people face a similar situation. Many were conscripted during the war and thus lost the opportunity
to acquire a formal education. They now find themselves unskilled and untrained and therefore unable to find a place in the modern economy. To help these unfortunate young people, SLADEA has opened many Continuing Education Centres (CECs), where young people are provided with training in life skills. Since the end of the war HIV/AIDS, human rights and peace education have also become important components of our adult education curriculum.
In this sense SLADEA literacy programmes are conceptualized as a contribution to building a culture of peace in post-war Sierra Leone.