Liberia has the world’s lowest literacy rate. Many poor families don’t have the means of sending their children to school. The public education system is poorly funded and, in many cases, dysfunctional, while most private schools charge high tuition fees that the majority of Liberians cannot afford. Many young people are thus unable to complete elementary school. Around 50 pupils are in a crowded classroom and, some students have to stand because of a lack of chairs.
According to USAID, the Primary School Net Enrollment Rate, the percentage of primary age students attending elementary school grades, is only 44 percent. Schools are overpopulated. Supplies are limited. Teachers are not well trained or paid, and many children, especially orphans, lack access to education.
The financial predicament of many families also plays a factor in low school attendance rates. Even if education is free, parents must absorb hidden costs such as uniforms, pencils, supplies, and therefore, cannot afford to send their children to school.
For children who are enrolled in primary and secondary school, many are overage. In fact, the vast majority of Liberia’s students are older than the appropriate age for their grade and are therefore at high risk of dropping out. At present, overage enrollment is a consequence of the late entry into grade one and lack of enforcement of the age-appropriate enrolment policy.
You can be part of our family care movement through your financial donations to Delano King Foundation. Your gift will help construct schools in remote villages of Liberia, and provide quality education to underprivileged children. Your gift will also provide care, a safe home, nutritional meal, educational supplies and tools for orphaned and less fortunate children so they can grow and thrive.