Liberia Needs Education
Liberia is a country where adults have an average of 2.5 years of schooling, and the 2017 literacy rate for adults ages 15-24 (meaning they can write and read a simple complete sentence about themselves) was 49%. More than half of primary-school-age children are currently not in school, and this percentage increases dramatically in secondary school. Of the 48% of Liberian children who are in school in primary grades, 65% of boys and 73% of girls drop out by grade 5. And the net enrollment for secondary school is only 34%. There are many children who want to attend school, but are unable to do so because of a lack of money, supplies, or transportation, or because they are trapped in a family situation in which they have to work or watch children while others work. With no hope of ever being able to live a better life and no way to discover or participate in a world outside of the poverty they were born into, these children have no alternative but to either roam the streets or work in the fields to earn a living.
Changing lives one child at a time
In September 2018, we began our efforts in Liberia by enrolling and maintaining support for fifteen students between the ages of 6 and 15 in schools. While this was the first time most of them had ever attended school, we are proud to say that all of them completed their first year successfully. We have re-enrolled these fifteen students plus an additional six students for the new school year.
Our goal is to:
- Provide children with the opportunity to learn and develop, so they can
- Provide food and shelter for themselves and their family.
- Grow up to be an integral and healthy part of their communities.
- Provide children with educational tools and opportunities that
- Help them to get a job and survive
- Inspire them to become independent thinkers and future leaders
Just like any other country, education is the key to building a better tomorrow. For Liberian children to get an education, they need outside help. These children are not asking for gifts, or toys, or life-long welfare or wealth. They are simply asking for an opportunity to get an education so they can take care of themselves and their families. The Ri’ayah Foundation gets these children in school by providing:
- School supplies