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Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia

by Learning Squared
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia
Support to Rural Girls Education in Liberia

 

 

                                       DATE: September, 20, 2020

 

                    

                                                              LOCATION: MONROVIA, LIBERIA

                                                                   DATE: September 2020

                                                      Learning Squared Liberia PROJECT

                                   Report Titled:    SUPPORT RURAL GIRLS EDUCATION IN LIBERIA (33068).

 

Prepared By: LEARNING SQUARED -Liberia
Phone: +231(0)886828014

              +231(0)777171654
Email: info@learningsquaredlib.org
Website: learningsquaredliberia.org

INTRODUCTION: 

This report covers recent activities implemented under the project mentioned above, covering the month under review (June–September 2020). Activities implemented in Margibi, Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, and Montserrado counties in Liberia. This report reflects school monitoring, distributing protective materials to schools, response to an emergency disaster to a partner school in Grand cape Mount County, Liberia. 

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

2.1 Learning Squared received ($1,000.) One Thousand United States Dollars Microgrant from GlobalGiving

2.2 Distribution of personal preventive equipment (PPE) to schools and communities as a response to COVID 19

2.3 Response to a school disaster emergency in Cape Mount county  

2.4 Launched a month-long campaign to support children’s education in rural Liberia 

2.5 Recommendation, constraints, and conclusion

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

1.0 Learning Squared received ($1,000) One Thousand United States Dollars Microgrant from GlobalGiving. Learning Squared The donation significantly helped the organization respond to the impact of the COVID-19 in communities and schools in rural Liberia. The organization procured personal protective equipment, supplies, masks clora and buckets and distributed over 15 boxes of supplies to schools and communities.

The donated supplies containing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other materials to schools in support and response to COVID-19. The supplies were procured with the hardship grant received from GlobalGiving. We are proud to contribute these supplies to help ensure that they are protected while they do their job and to support the education sector in their response efforts," said Alvin Freeman, Country Manager. On behalf of Learning Squared, we extend our gratitude to GlobalGiving and its partners for the continued support in these critical times. The Microgrant was timely and helped us in response to the fight against COVID-19

2.0 Distribution of personal preventive equipment (PPE) to schools and communities as a response to COVID 19

Learnings Squared donated supplies containing personal protective equipment (PPE) to schools and communities in support and response to COVID-19. The handover ceremony of supplies took place in Bassa, Margibi, Cape mount and Bomi and Bong counties in the presence of students, community leaders’ district and county education authorities and the Ministry of Education. The donation of personal protective equipment will help keep students, teachers, and administrators safe.

 The supplies included masks local produced, cartons of choral, soap, hand sanitizer and buckets. In total, Learning Squared donated US$600.00 six hundred dollars worth of supplies to schools and communities for COVID-19 preparedness and response as schools reopened.

The donation will help to minimize the pandemic risks to children and teachers, Learnings Squared Liberia is also supporting communities and schools to give every child the best start of school opening. 

3.0 Response to a school disaster emergency in Cape Mount county  

Learning Squared Liberia responded to a disaster emergency to the Konjah Public School to reconstruct its primary school building, damaged due to a massive down pole of rain in June 2020.  A donation of   $120.00USD one hundred and twenty dollars awarded to the school to help with the reconstruction project.  With 698 students. Classes run from the Kindergarten to the 9thgrade and run both morning and afternoon sections.

Alvin, Freeman, Program Manager Liberia, Making the presentation through a symbolic check. The admonished school authorities to manage the resources properly. He also applauded school and community leaders to mobilize members to reconstruct the only school building in the community. Receiving the amount on behalf of the school's administration, Mr. Laminu A. Wise, Principal of Konjah Public School, lauded the organization's efforts for their continuous assistance to the school and community at large.

Also, making remarks was the chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA). Mr. Bashiru K. Mannah. Mr. Bashiru lauded the team for the gesture and promised to lead the workforce to reconstruct the damaged school building.

4.0 Launched a month-long campaign to support children’s education in rural Liberia 

Learning Squared Liberia annual fundraising to support education in rural Liberia is begun on Tuesday, September 1, and is expected to continue until the end of September 2020. The theme of this year's campaign is "CHILDREN FIRST," and we are looking to raise funds to support our Rural Scholarship Program in six counties with 300 students in Liberia. 

The primary goals of the campaign are to (1) support rural children to explore innovative ideas for tackling educational challenges, (2) provide children with the tools to build a better future and create opportunities to be successful, and (3) support our social microfinance for rural women empowerment (4) provide scholarships, learning materials, and educational support to students. 

5.0 Constraints:

There were some constraints and challenges during the period under review. The stay home restriction by the government to respond to the spread of COVID 19 in rural Liberia. Several calls for humanitarian relief to families, lack of technology, and other options to reopen schools during COVID-19. Payments of fees for students during the reopening of schools in the pandemic phase, lack of PPE, and health supplies in rural communities and schools. Official closures of offices and restricted travels.

Recommendations / conclusion:

Thanks to GlobalGiving and other partners for the continued support, and especially the Microgrant awarded us. The donation was hugely significant, in that is helped our team reached out to schools and communities with PPE and other health supplies. Thanks to the community leaders, teachers, and volunteers. Including students and parents, for the level of commitment shown towards the fight to stop against COVID 19.

 


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1.0 INTRODUCTION: This report covers recent activities implemented under the project mentioned above covering the period under review (February –May 2020). Due to the COVID-19, most of the activities were canceled in March, April, and May 2020. Activities held in Margibi, Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, and Montserrado counties in Liberia. This report reflects activities carried out in February and March 2020.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

2.1 Commenced Payment of School Fees for Students.

2.2. Learning Squared President Visits Liberia.

2.3 Commenced Distribution of School Materials:

2.4 Staff and Volunteer Training.

5.0 Learning Squared  joins the fight against COVID-19.

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

1.0 Commenced Payment of School Fees for Students:Learning Squared Liberia provided $365.00USD (70,810.00 LRD) for thirty students in Bomi and Cape mount Counties. The payment made towards tuition for the academic school year 2019-2020. The   President of Learning Squared Liberia. Mr. Anthony S. Kolaco presented the checks to the schools and noted the commitment to assisting children's education. Mr. Kolaco encouraged parents to take advantage of the opportunity and monitor their children's progress report during and after school. A total of 30 students (18 female & 12 male) benefited from the scholarship in Bomi & Cape mount Counties Liberia. The Principal of the Kingdom Builders community school Mrs. Massa Karneh expressed gratitude to the Learning Squared family for the assistant to the students and the level of work done in the county. Mrs. Karneh also appealed to individuals and organizations to assist with their school building. As the structure is in deplorable condition and the rain will be up soon. She noted.

2.0 President/CEO visits Liberia:The President of Learning Squared Liberia. Mr. Anthony S. Kolaco paid a courtesy visited Liberia and the program team in February 2020. While in the Country, Mr. Kolaco launched the book bags distribution campaign in Kakata, Margibi, and Klay, Bomi Counties, Liberia. During the welcoming program held in his honor in Kakata city.  Mr. Kolaco thanked community leaders, school authorities, parents, and students for the work and partnership so far. He also urged parents to take the opportunity provided them to improve their livelihood. While in the country, Mr. Kolaco also visited other community leaders, NOGs, and local authorities to strengthen partnership and collaboration.

 3.0 Commenced Distribution of School Materials:Learning Squared Liberia continues the distribution of book bags, and other school materials to students in all five counties in Liberia. Presenting the materials to some students in Kakata, the President of Learning Squared Liberia Mr. Kolaco encouraged students to make good use of the book bags and take their lessons seriously. He further warned parents not to sell the bags given to their children. That their children should use it for the intended proposed, for her part, student Naomi Paygar of the 3rd grade class of the ROSODAN School System expressed her gratitude for the support and materials. 

4.0 Staff & Volunteers Training:Learning Squared Liberia hosted a two-day in-service training on February 24, 20120. The training was for staff and volunteers. Furthermore, is a part of the ongoing in-service training program for 2020. The training brought together 6 participants (four female & two male) three volunteers and three staff members. The training focused on the following topic 

· Overview of Learning Squared Liberia

· Report and Proposal Writing

· Roles & Responsibility of a Volunteer in Learning Squared

· Child Protection Issues (Keeping Children Safe in the community) Financial management 

The Head of the Program in Liberia Alvin Freeman and Administrative /Finance Assistant Bendu M. West facilitated the training session. Presentations made on the overview of the organization, including past and present projects and programs. The mission and vision statements and core values of the organization. The organization's financial management system and child protection issues and policies within the organization. Volunteers and team members expressed gratitude for the training and pleaded with management to continue such training monthly.

5.0 Learning Squared Liberia joins the fight against COVID-19. Safety First During COVID-19:Our team sends out biweekly mobile test messages, and community radio announcements to our communities and partners in making sure our beneficiaries and community members are staying safe during these challenging times. Messages are approved by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia

6.0Constraints: There were few challenges that the project team encountered during the period under review, closure of our office and all schools, and restricted movement due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of vehicles for local transportation, which constrained staff to travel with public vehicle/motorcycles. In most cases, they faced constraints getting to communities on time.  Lack of funds to carried out massive awareness campaigns about COVID-19 in communities and beyond.  Lack of hardship fund to support staff and volunteers.

7.0 Recommendations / Conclusion:Thanks, and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local communities, and schools, to commit to the successful implementation of the Project. Learning Squared is open to working with all children and women in Liberia. Mostly the under privilege in rural Liberia. Learning Squared Liberia wishes to recommend a few things. We have suspended most of our activities due to COVID-19.  We wish to send out an SOS call to GlobalGiving, and other partners for support in the fight against COVID-19,  as our limited resources have supplemented hardship funds to staff and volunteers.  


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                                                                 Learning Squared Liberia

                        PROJECT Report:   SUPPORT RURAL GIRLS EDUCATION IN LIBERIA (33068).

                                                               DATE: January 21, 2020

                                                           LOCATION: MONROVIA, LIBERIA

Prepared By: LSL-Liberia
Phone: +231(0)886828014

              +231(0)776828014
Email: info@learningsquaredlib.org
Website: learningsquaredliberia.org

 INTRODUCTION: 

This report covers recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (November 2019 –January 2020). Activities were held in Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi, Bong and Montserrado counties in Liberia. This report reflects school monitoring of sponsored children and the selection one new school in Bong county, central Liberia.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

2.1 Monitoring of sponsored children at the various schools on academy activities;

2.2. Launch and distribution of 300 back packs to sponsored students;

2.3 Organized community and stakeholders meeting in Bong County;

2.4 Phase one payment of sponsored children tuition in Margibi County.

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

School Monitoring:The Support to Rural Girls education project continue its second year of support to students in Margibi County through a regular monitoring at all school activities and students. Schools and students were visited at home and at the schools during the period under reviewed. Parents were encourage to always send their children to school on time and give them time to study their lessons after school, at the school, teachers and other school authorities were also encourage to provide a child friendly space for children to be able to learn with an open mind. Schools visited during the monitoring process included the below listed:

  • Jenneh Public School & Kingdom Builders Community School, Bomi County,
  • Madina Public School & Konjah Public School, Senjeh, Grand Cape Mount County,
  • Fred-Mart Community School and Lowerhardlanderville Community School in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County,
  • Minor Community School, Rosoden school system and St. Eafa Community School in Kakata, Margibi County.
  • Rebecca J. Wilson Public school in Montserrado County.

Distribution of 300 back pack: Learning Squared Liberia received a donation of 300 back packs and some children cloths for distribution to students in all five project counties. This process officially begin in all five counties with over 300 school going children  receiving back pack, used cloths, pens, pencil, and copy books at all 11 project schools in Liberia..

During the distributions, students receive free school supplies, interact with Learning Squared Liberia staff, volunteers and other partners in the field. This year’s school supplies distributions brought significant value in working with children of Liberia.  We envision every child having the best learning opportunities possible, beginning with the tools they need to succeed in school.

This distribution process which took place for two weeks in the country was supported by staff, volunteers and other partners of Learning Squared Liberia.  The total of three back packs were provided by sponsors in the USA through the effort of the president of the organization LSL.

The back pack distribution provided the underserved students with the supplies they need to succeed while in school. Learning Squared Liberia was able to supply over 200, 1- 6 grade students with backpacks.

Community & Stakeholders Meeting: Learning Squared Liberia facilitated three stakeholders meetings in Bong County our newly selected county. These meeting which included one community members meeting and two stakeholders meeting was well attended by the County Educational Officer CEO, District Educational Officer DEO and other policy makers in the county. During these meetings, Learning Squared Liberia provided full information on its Rural Girls Educational project and how to become a partner to the organization.

These meeting which was very interactive was facilitated by Learning Squared Liberia program team with support from other participants including stakeholder, question and answers were held and the acceptance of the project in the county were highly accepted by the citizens and stakeholders of the community

Phase one scholarship payment: Payment for the 2019/2020 school year begin with the total amount of USD $ 541.00 paid to 35 students in two schools in Margibi County, Liberia. These students are between the ages of 7-17 years and from the 1st to the 6th grade classes in St. Effa community school and the Manor community school located in Kakata, Margibi County.

These students are orphans and less fortunate children living in the communities, these payments represent the full tuition for the first academic semester of this new school year. These amount are presented to schools authorities through its bank account at the school’s account.

The Rural girls Educational project provides support to under privilege school going children living in the community, they also benefits from other school distributions in the county. 

4.0 Constraints:

There were few challenges that the project team encounter during the period under review, the lack of vehicle for the official use of the organization is leaving the staff constrain to travel through public vehicle/motorbike which most time delay before reaching the project site.  The high demand for the project implementation in the community is also a high challenge. The increased in schools tuition fees at all schools is a major challenge in the community leaving parents with no options but to keep their children away from school.

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion: Thanks and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local communities and schools for the level of commitment shown towards the successful implementation of the project. Learning Squared Liberia is open in working with all children of Liberia, mostly the under privilege children in rural Liberia.  


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INTRODUCTION: 

This report covers recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (August 2019 –October 2019). Activities were held in Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado counties in Liberia. The report reflects the beginning of the new school year in Liberia and the beginning of the rural women’s loan project in Kakata Margibi County.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH:

2.1 Preparation of application forms for the scholarship program 2019/2020;

2.2. Launch of the Back to School Book Ride;

2.3 Organized meetings with County stakeholders and schools’ authorities;

ACHIEVEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

Application Forms:The Support to Rural Girls educational project begin its second year with schools in all five Counties including one additional county applying for acceptance on the program. Schools in all five counties have applied for the 2019/2020 scholarship program including one school from Bong County has also applied for acceptance on the program.

 The application form is the first document that schools have to complete before being accepted on the program, this document includes criterial for schools and students wishing to be on the program.  

Schools applying for this application are:

 

  • Jenneh Public School & Kingdom Builders Community School, Bomi County,
  • Madina Public School & Konjah Public School, Sinjah, Grand Cape Mount County,
  • Fred-Mart Community School and Lowerhardlanderville Community School in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County,
  • Minor Community School and St. Eafa Community School in Kakata, Margibi County.
  • Bong County central high school, Bong County

 

Back to School Book Ride: Learning Squared Liberia officially launch the Back to School book ride in Liberia during  the month of September 2019, the aim of this Book ride is to provide some school material to school going children in five counties in :Liberia. The Book Ride visited schools in Montserrado, Margibi, Bassa, Bomi and Cape Mount Counties. The Back to School Book Ride is an initiative of Learning Squared Liberia which provides notebooks, pens, pencils and other learning materials to students benefiting from our direct scholarship program and other underserved rural students in the community. 

During the Book Ride, students receive free school supplies, interact with the program team and seek information about our 2020 scholarship program. This year’s Back to School Book Ride brought significant value in working with children of Liberia.  We envision every child having the best learning opportunities possible, beginning with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

The Back to School Book Ride provided the underserved students with the supplies they need to succeed this school year. Learning Squared Liberia was able to supply over 2000, 1- 6 grade students in five counties we are currently implementing our support to rural education initiative in Liberia.

Staff and partner training: During the month of August 2019, Learning Squared-Liberia team conducted training for staff and other partners on the criterial and application for the new school year. The training was aimed at refreshing the mind of staff and partners on child safeguarding standards practices and how to complete the scholarship application form for 2019/2020 school year. 

Stakeholders Meeting: During the period under review, Learning Squared Liberia facilitated five (5) town hall interactive sessions with County and District Education authorities, policy makers and local and community leaders in the project areas.The purpose of this meetings were to provide complete information to all stakeholders and policy makers on completing the scholarship application forms and criterial set for student wishing to be on this year  scholarship program 2019/2020.

These meetings which brought together over 200 persons in all five project communities was very interactive open to all participants, question were  asked, and participants spoke on other issues and promise to work in line with  Learning Squared Liberia policy on safeguarding children and education.

4.0 Constraints:

There were few challenges that the project team encounter during the period under review, Increased in the demand for the project to other communities and high cost of transportation for volunteers and staff, due to the bad roads condition in rural Liberia, Our team had to travel on motorcycles to get to communities and schools.

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion: Thanks and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local communities and schools for the level of commitment shown towards the successful implementation of the project. Learning Squared Liberia continue to receive calls and appeal from other communities for similar intervention.

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INTRODUCTION: 

This update is a highlight of recent activities implemented under the above-mentioned Project covering the month under review (May-July 2019). Activities were held in Bomi, Cape Mount, Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado counties in Liberia. The report reflects the agreement between GlobalGiving and the Learning Squared -Liberia for the implementation of the project.

2.0 PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH:

2.1 Globalgiving Foundation Field Traveler, Visits Learning Squared Liberia Country office

2.2. Completion of activities for 2018-2019 school year

3.0 ACHIEVEMENTS/ IMPACTS OF THE PROJECT FOR THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW:

Globalgiving Foundation Field Traveler, Visits Learning Squared Liberia Country office

Learning Squared, formerly IDA-Liberia was excited to receive Globalgiving Foundation’s Field Traveler, Dalila Sumani, from the United States of America in its offices in Monrovia. This visit comes as part of the partnership agreement between GlobalGiving Foundation and Learning Squared Liberia. 

The purpose of the visit was to provide our partner the opportunity to monitor project activities, speak with some beneficiaries, and understand the level of impact support from Globalgiving and other donors support have made on the lives of ordinary Liberians, especially women and children through our intervention. The visit will also provide the opportunity to Globalgiving Field Traveler to interact and monitor ongoing projects implemented by Learning Squared in Liberia

Sumani’s visit provided the opportunity to meet staff of Leaning Squared, share experiences, lesson learned, challenges and impacts of Learning Squared Liberia. Making a brief remark at the office Mr. Alvin M. Freeman, Program Manager, welcomed Globalgiving in Liberia and expressed the organization’s unflinching support and commitment to work with her while in Liberia. 

Making a brief remark, Sumani expressed thanks to Learning Squared team and praised them for the level of work done in the County and Liberia as a whole.  She thanked and encouraged team to keep up the good work and continue to work in the interest of the beneficiaries. She further urged beneficiaries to take Learning Squared Liberia project activities under the support to education and village loan saving projects serious. As it will help provide alternative solutions to some of the challenges, they faced at the community level. 

Completion of activities for 2018-2019 school year

Learning Squared Liberia successfully completed its 2018-2019 scholarship program in Liberia.  The organization partnered with 11 schools in 5 counties in Liberia. Over 231 students received scholarship assistance, including direct support in the form of tuition payment, notebooks and distribution of assorted books, and learning materials to students. The 2018-2019 school year was full of lesson learned, challenges, impact and success stories.  The overall percentage of enrollment according to school administrators and management teams were overwhelming. This was due to support and the willingness of the schools and communities to support the project.

4.0 Constraints:

During the months under review, there were few challenges that we encountered. Transportation and accessibility of rural and remote areas. This is a serious challenge to our work, we had to allocate extra funds to make sure our team travel to project sites. Our team had to used bikes and some instances walk miles to get to our beneficiaries.   

 5.0 Recommendations / conclusion

Thanks, and appreciation to our supporters, donors, GlobalGiving, local communities and schools for the level of commitment shown towards the successful implementation of the project. As the team continued to support our beneficiaries. Learning Squared-Liberia is appealing to supporters and donors for more support as the increasing demand for support to rural children education in Liberia is increasingly alarming


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