Liberia

Country Profile

Located on the west coast of Africa, Liberia is a small country with a population around 5 million. It mainly consists of rolling coastal plains, and these plains contain mangroves and swamps, which rise to a rolling plateau and low mountains in the northeast. Rainforests typically cover these hills, and semi-evergreen forests are the main vegetation in the northern region of the country. Because the southern region of Liberia is located so close to the equator, it experiences heavy rainfall from May to October and hot temperatures year-round. On top of mountains and plains, Liberia also contains a few rivers, including St. Paula, St. John, and the Cestos River. These are the three largest rivers in the country. As for forests, the trees located in the forest along the coast are mainly salt-tolerant mangrove trees, and the forests inland often open up to dry grasslands. However, climate change is predicted to greatly affect these forests, as Liberia is a country very vulnerable to climate change.
Back in the 19th century, more than 15,000 free people of color relocated to Liberia, hoping that they would have a better chance of freedom here. Liberia gained independence on February 5, 1862, and elected their first president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, on January 3, 1848. While English is Liberia’s official language, there are over 20 indigenous languages spoken. Furthermore, there are 16 ethnic groups in the country. These groups include Kpelle, Bassa, Mano, Gio or Dan, Kru, Grebo, Krahn, Vai, Gola, Mandingo or Mandinka, Mende, Kissi, Gbandi, Loma, Dei or Dewoin, Belleh, and Americo-Liberians or Congo people. More than 20% of Liberians are Kpelle, making it the largest ethnic group in Liberia. In terms of age groups, in 2010, 43.5% of Librarians were under the age of 15, and in 2006, Liberia had the highest population growth rate in the world. Of course, this might also be a result of the numerous immigrants that come to Liberia to become merchants.

POPULATION

5,185,858 as of Monday, August 2, 2021

CAPITAL

Monrovia, Liberia

CURRENCY

Liberian Dollar

FUN FACT

Liberia is the first country in Africa which had a female president

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

While primary and secondary education is free in government schools in Liberia, most parents still choose to send their children to private schools due to the lack of adequate learning facilities. The prices for these private schools are often very expensive. According to Wikipedia, in 2010, the average literacy rate in the country was only 60.8%, 64.8% for men and 56.8% for women. Furthermore, it has been discovered that there is a lot of corruption within the education system, including bribery and patronage. A 14-year civil war and the Ebola Disease have also caused damage to the already precarious education system. In 2014, there was a school closure due to the Ebola outbreak, and, according to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, the civil war damaged approximately 60% of school buildings. Furthermore, many teachers fled the country due to this conflict. Statistics show that compared to other countries in Africa, Liberia’s education system is far behind. According to the US Agency for International Development, the Primary School Net Enrollment Rate is only 44%. Furthermore, statistics from the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund show that 15-20% of 6–14 year-olds do not attend class, and only 54% of children complete their primary education



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with a local orphanage in Liberia. Through this partnership, we hope to give these Liberian orphans the educational support they need to become academically successful in the future. Some of the classes we teach include math, English, and other rudimentary and necessary subjects. We hope that the tutoring we provide will reduce the educational inequalities that might have held them back before.

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
Providing educational support to Liberian orphans not only improves the country’s overall educational statistics, but it also reduces inequalities that may have suppressed these students before. We hope that our tutoring will provide academic support to these students and help end the large poverty cycles that affect the country. Our classes consist of a multitude of subjects including English, math, etc. Through these classes, we hope to give our students the education they need to continue with their academic journey and pursue an academic career.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:

 
 

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.4 INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH RELEVANT SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: All the classes Strive2Thrive Edu provides are completely free of charge. These classes include English, math, etc. By teaching these classes, we are giving our students an understanding of these rudimentary subjects, so that in the future they can continue to advance their learning and pursue an academic career. Strive2Thrive is partnered with an orphanage in Liberia so all of our students are orphans. Through this partnership, we are hoping to reduce the educational inequalities placed on these students and help them pursue successful careers.

  • 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
  • How we are advancing it/how does our work relate:
    Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with a local orphanage in Liberia. We provide a variety of classes to the orphans here to ensure that they have the same educational opportunities as their peers. By tutoring these students, we are making sure that they have a strong academic foundation to build off of. From there, they can pursue successful careers which will hopefully help reduce the large amount of poverty in the country.

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
  • How we are advancing it/how does our work relate:
    In Liberia, Strive2Thrive Edu is partnered with a local orphanage. Through this partnership, we are working toward the sustainable development of these orphans and helping bolster their education. We provide classes and tutors to ensure that these children will receive a good education. We believe that this partnership is effective in both helping these students and helping the country’s overall educational stats

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