Liberia was still healing after years of brutal civil war when it was hit by the 2014-5 Ebola epidemic.
Liberia has some of the world’s worst education indicators. It is not expected to reach universal education until 2100 and has the highest proportion of out-of-school primary-aged children in the world.
We believe every child has a right to learn which is why we're working in Liberia to give children a chance to go to school.
What we do:
Street Child started working in Liberia in 2013, helping street 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. We believe in supporting children in every aspect of their school life: school environment, teachers, parents, the wider community and the barriers to education they face. Our three main areas of focus are: education, child protection and livelihoods.
To date, we have helped over 8,500 children to go to school, including helping 1,500 Ebola-impacted children following the crisis. With your support, we can help thousands more.
+ We support quality education through our teacher training programme.
+ One of our major initiatives at the moment is our Partnership Schools for Liberia
+ We offer an accelerated learning programme with our Speed Schools - giving out-of-school children the chance to cover two years' of curriculum in just six months.
+ We provide street corner education to get out-of-school children who live or work on the streets interested in education again.
+ We build schools in rural Liberia to provide access to education to children who have never had the chance to go to school
+ We tackle the barriers to girls' education and give more girls the chance to go to school
Offering children the chance for an education isn’t just about providing the schools. It’s about tackling the underlying issues, about strengthening their family environment and protecting children from a life on the streets.
+ We provide access to psychosocial counselling and support to children facing challenging circumstances. We focus on the all-round development of children, empowering them to thrive in school.
+ We work with children who have been orphaned, many by the Ebola crisis, to reunite them with their families. By finding a relative who can care for them, or uniting them with another foster family, we make sure that these children don’t have to fend for themselves anymore.
Sustainability is at the heart of what Street Child aims to achieve. For many families that we work with, the cost of education is too high. Poverty keeps thousands of children out of school, but we are working to change that.
+ We provide business training so parents can learn how to save and continue investing in and expanding their business
+ We tailor our support to individual families, so they can help themselves to cover the costs of feeding, clothing and educating their children.
Who we are
Street Child strongly believes in the importance of working with local partners and building relationships. In Liberia, we work with Street Child of Liberia - a local organisation with a team of 50 staff who work hard to support children to go to school.
stories from our work:
Alice, the 18 year old who is going back to school
“I am so happy Street Child put me back in school. I like learning. Social studies is my favourite subject, I love it. I would like to be a medical doctor one day. I don’t go to work after the school day, like some of my class, because my grandma says that it is important to stay home and study."
When Alice's mother passed away, the increased financial strain meant that she could no longer afford to go to school and so 15 year old Alice dropped out. With Street Child's help, at the age of 18 Alice is back in school and dreams of becoming a doctor.
Esther, the social worker championing girls education
“I want to help other mothers, to be a role model. Working with these girls, I found my passion for social work.”
Street Child social worker and mother of two Esther Harris works with mothers and girls to help give them a chance to go to school. Esther has overcome the challenges life has thrown at her, including having to drop out of school for a short amount of time because of poverty, and is helping to open up opportunities for other mothers to not only better their own lives, but also their children’s.
Adolescent Girls Education 2017
Our staff interviewed 1,000 girls and over 500 boys and stakeholders across Liberia to better understand the barriers to girls' education.
The report will be available for download shortly.