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Liberian Education Crisis

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 2015 school closure due to the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak, continue to take a toll on the fragile education system.

Liberia is significantly behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics.

For example, the Primary School Net Enrollment Rate, which is the percentage of primary age students attending primary grades, is only 44 percent.

After 14 years of civil war, which resulted in the destruction of much of the country’s trained workforce, Liberia is still in the process of rebuilding its educational system.

In 2015, the average median age of a Liberian citizen was just 18 years old. The country is still very much on the up and coming in trying to improve their education system.

With a low standard for teaching, many of the current teachers need more training and support to improve their skills and their job quality. Teachers in outlying areas of the county they teach in must leave their classrooms to walk for many miles, or use their own money to cover the county’s one main bumpy, dirt road by motorbike. Because many schools were damaged or destroyed during the war, many current teachers only read or write at a fourth grade level.

Most of the schools in the country are being operated by churches or Christian missions, among which are the Catholic Church, Methodist, Episcopal and a few others. Others are being by the government under the supervision of the Monrovia Cooperative School System (MCSS). English is the official language of instruction in Liberian public schools.

While there is a crisis, there is an uprising. There are many striving to make education in Liberia better, and a lot of Liberians are taking charge of the situation. While in Liberia, we were able to speak to a few Liberian teachers that were very passionate about educating themselves further and also starting clubs like the Anti- Bribery club to teach students to not accept bribes for better grades.

ButterPear is excited to partner with select schools to make sure they are a safe and quality learning environment for not only students to thrive but teachers. And it all starts with, YOU.

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