The Sierra Leone Bicentenary Trust

Registered Charity No: 700447 England


The Sierra Leone Bicentenary Trust provides education and training for people of all ages, to provide the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to manage their lives more effectively, broaden the range of job opportunities and share in children's learning.

Activities range from provision of a network and focus for information sharing; optimisation of the knowledge and effective use of information technology within the Birmingham voluntary sector and aims to raise the profile of Sierra Leone's issues with statutory agencies and the wider community.


One of the Trust’s Vision is an Aviation Project to raise awareness of Aviation amongst the youth of Sierra Leone.  The Trust seeks to portray Flying Officer Johnny Smythe, O.B.E., M.B.E., QC, whose heritage lies in Sierra Leone, as a source of inspiration for young people considering a career in aviation.  Accordingly, the centenary celebrations were launched on Monday, 30 June 2014, at his father's grave site at Race Course Cemetery, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The experiences of Flying Officer Johnny Smythe are highlighted in the Imperial War Museum, London.




As part of its Aviation Project, SLBT aims to establish links with organisations / international bodies able to provide sponsorships / scholarship, one such being a possible Johnny Smythe scholarship, for disadvantaged Sierra Leonean Youth seeking to pursue a career in Aviation.

Oxford is the home town of Flying Officer Johnny Smythe, O.B.E., M.B.E., QC.  He died in 1996 in Thame, Oxfordshire and his final resting place is St Mary’s Church Cemetery, Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3AJ, England.

Previous projects of the Trust have included the Race Course Fencing Project.  This provided constructive activities for the youth of Sierra Leone and instilled in them a sense of national pride, duty and responsibility.  The Trust has also donated equipment to promote the educational development of Sierra Leonean Youth.

The Race Course Project