More than half (51.1%) of the Liberian population reside in urban areas (MSU, 2020), and education expenditure is about 3.8% of the GDP. According to UNICEF, Liberia has the world's largest out-of-school children, with 56% of primary-school-age children currently missing out on education,15-20 % of 6-14 years out of class 54% of children completing primary school. We will help address the need by providing school fees, learning materials, exercise books.
Almost all public ECE schools currently charge fees (3,500 Liberian dollars per year approximately USD 35),with additional costs for uniforms and shoes. The current ECE fees policy contributes to the exclusion of children from poor households. Despite ECE fees being abolished in PSL schools, children from low-income families in the rural areas cannot afford the cost of purchasing uniforms, school fees, exercise books, pens, and pencils. The project will identify poor households children to help.
Learning Squared will partnered with 12 schools in seven counties , Margibi, Lofa, Bassa, Bomi and Cape Mount, Bong and rural Montserrado counties. We seek support to embed sustainable, quality primary education for over 700 children in one year potentially. We anticipate that this project will have a longer-term impact reaching over 2500 children over the next three years.
The specific targets under SDG 4 that this program aims to address are Target 4.1: by providing that all girls and boys in the target regions in rural Liberia complete free equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes; and Target 4.5: eliminate all discrimination in education. Under this target, the program will ensure that all girls and boys have equal opportunity to enjoy high-quality education, achieve at equal levels.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).