About the SLREN
The primary target beneficiaries are the entire players in the education sector in Sierra Leone upon formal application. These include but are not limited to universities, libraries, research institutions, colleges, secondary and primary schools
SLREN formally became a member of West and Central Africa Research and Education Network (WACREN) and was incorporated as a legal entity on October 31st 2016. SLREN operate as a non-profit making organisation and draws its legal mandate from the Universities Act 2021 and the Corporate Affairs Commission Act No. 5 2009 Company Limited by Guarantee without a Share
Connecting Sierra Leone to the global Research and Education Network Community
The SLREN’s vision is to develop and leverage high quality information & communications infrastructure and services for the Sierra Leone research and higher education community for national development.
The SLREN mission is to develop an advanced network infrastructure services, promote collaboration among the national research and education communities and build the capacity of the RENs community
Throughout the globe there has been a fast-growing trend for universities to organize their Internet access and connectivity to each other through centralized organizations called National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). These include GÉANT in Europe; Canary in Canada; Internet 2 & NLR in the USA; CLARA in South America. Similar regional RENs exist in the former USSR; Asia. In Africa, the UbuntuNet Alliance covers the Eastern and Southern belts and the West & Central Africa Research & Education Networks (WACREN) http://wacren.net for the West and Central Africa region.
In Sierra Leone, the status of NREN is in the early planning phase (Level-2). With support from the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), WACREN and key stakeholders in the Sierra Leone research and education community, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, telecom providers, donor agencies and colleagues from Liberia gathered in Njala University for a workshop to discuss the establishment of the SLREN on 26th April 2016. The successful event led to the adoption of the “Njala Declaration” to establish and develop the Sierra Leone Research and Education Network (SLREN). An interim Steering Committee was established with the mandate to operationalise the SLREN. The SLREN was officially inaugurated in July 2016