LIBERIA

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Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, currently ranked at 181 out of 189 on the Human Development Index and is on-track to be the last country in the world to achieve universal basic education, with 20% of children out of school. Despite a government commitment to free and compulsory primary education, the public school system has been unable to meet demand and therefore many schools charge informal fees, leaving the most vulnerable families unable to meet the costs of basic education for their children. 

LIBERIA IN NUMBERS

20%

Of children are out of school in Liberia.

63%

Is the average literacy rate in Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee island. This gets progressively worse in rural areas – reaching close to zero in its most remote rural outposts.

2m/4.5m

People are children under the age of 18.

what we are doing

Street Child started working in Liberia in 2013, helping street-connected children in the capital of Monrovia. When Liberia was hit with the Ebola crisis, we expanded our work to support the thousands of children impacted by Ebola to go to school. Street Child is now working in four regions in Liberia: Montserrado, Margibi, Cape Mount and Maryland.

Street Child is a principal provider of the Liberian Education Advancement Partnership (LEAP), a flagship public-private partnership, outsourcing the administration and management of public schools to private providers in an ambitious effort to enhance learning gains.

EDUCATING CHILDREN

Street Child has reached over 37,000 children in Liberia. A focus on teacher training, low-cost classroom resourcing and renovation and school management has been highly effective.  The results of a rigorous randomised controlled trial showed that Street Child has achieved advances in access, learning and safeguarding at less than 60% of the cost of comparable providers (Romero et al. 2019).

sustainable programmes

In the remote South-East region of Maryland, Street Child's ‘Schools for Tomorrow’ model is working to address access and quality barriers to primary education through community partnership. Since Street Child began in Liberia 123 classrooms across 36 schools have benefitted from renovation or construction.

Street Child is working side by side with rural communities to kick-start or transform education through classroom construction, investment in the training and development of teachers, and developing community advocacy and sustainability strategies. 

EMPOWERING FAMILIES

Street Child’s award-winning ‘Family Business for Education’ model addresses individual social and financial barriers to education for the most vulnerable categories of children. In Liberia our projects provide critical support to street-connected children and their families to ensure a secure and sustainable return to school.

To date 3,177 households in Liberia have been supported to develop a sustainable source of income through a tailored package of training, business grants and saving/mentoring. This model of financial empowerment, alongside intensive social support and community level advocacy, has led to the enrolment and retention of more than 8,920 children in school, including those children who lost their caregiver to Ebola during the 2014 epidemic.

improving educational access in liberia

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YOUR IMPACT in liberia

3,177

Households reached with family business scheme grants.

32,303

Children reached direct enrolment, school access support or school improvements.

636

Teachers trained.

choose an amount to donate

£33

could provide an out of school child in Liberia with an education support package for one year. The package not only includes a school bag, but a clean uniform, exercise books and new pens to work with.

£80

could support a teen mother in Sierra Leone with counselling to return to school as well as a support package to help them stay in school. This package includes food for the baby and sanitary products.

£155

could provide a whole rural primary school in Sierra Leone with the gift of teaching materials and resources to support teacher’s to teach effectively, improving the learning experience in the classroom.

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£10

could purchase a new book bag with stationery for a child who is newly enrolling at one of Street Child's schools in Liberia.

£20

could contribute to the cost of a desk for two children in a classroom in a newly constructed school in Liberia.

£35

could provide a grade 1 class with a set of story books which will allow them to read together as a group.

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