For people in Liberia, anything is everything
83% OF THE 4.4 MILLION POPULATION LIVES ON LESS THAN $1.25 A DAY.
The official language is English – the name Liberia derives from “Liberty” meaning freedom. Liberia’s former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first female head of state in Africa! The Liberian education system is emerging from a prolonged and brutally destructive period of civil unrest. Long standing impacts from the war, compounded by the recent school closure due to the Ebola Viral Disease outbreak continue to take a toll on the fragile education system. The country is significantly behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics. Primary and secondary education is free and compulsory from the ages of 5-16 though enforcement of attendance is lax. On average, children attain 10 years of education (11 for boys and 8 for girls). Liberia's education sector is hampered by inadequate schools and supplies, as well as a lack of qualified teachers and corruption.
LIBERIA'S EDUCATION IS IN A
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A 14 YEAR CIVIL WAR DESTROYED 80% OF THE EDUCATIONAL
Each one of the 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia in 2013 failed the entrance exam.
65% of primary school age children are out of school.
More than half (51%) of young people aged 15-24 are illiterate and approximately 73% of all women and girls in Liberia are illiterate.
Only 20% of students enrolled in Grade 1, enroll in Grade 12.
In 2010, the literacy rate of Liberia was an estimated 60.8%
Young people account for 65% of Liberia's population.