Through the construction of a school in Clay-Ashland in Liberia, we will provide children from poor, disadvantaged communities with access to high-quality, affordable education. Our school will be the first in Clay-Ashland and will focus on children aged 5 to 14 years old. This will be a holistic facility that will also include a cafeteria, providing nutritious food to children, and a library that gives children access to a variety of books to promote a reading culture.
Liberia has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world and is ranked 182 out of 197 countries. In 2015, the youth literacy rate was 54.5%; adult literacy was 47.6%. Adults have an average of 2.5 years of education and over half of primary-school-aged children aren't in school. 54% of Liberia's population lives in poverty. Illiteracy makes it challenging to alleviate poverty because it limits opportunities. Solutions are needed to tackle literacy in order to address widespread poverty.
Our school will improve literacy levels and provide children with the skills to rise out of poverty. We have purchased the land and funds will be used to build the facility, recruit and train staff, purchase furniture and the resources to create an inspiring environment. We'll build a library on-site to provide access to a diversity of books and afterschool programs, and a cafeteria that will serve healthy meals to children to improve cognition, concentration and energy levels.
The success of our project will mean poor, underserved, vulnerable families will have easy and affordable access to education. This will make a significant contribution to improving literacy levels, and will empower children with the skills to realize their potential, allowing them to go on to access higher education and careers that will alleviate poverty so that communities in and around Clay-Ashland can thrive and flourish. Sources - Wilder Foundation - UNESCO - World Bank
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).