In 2014

108,000
books and posters

were shipped to Ebola affected areas of Liberia.

By 2020, more than

810
educators

will be trained by CODE and WE-CARE in reading and writing instruction and promotion.

By 2016, more than

25,000
primary students

will have been taught by CODE trained teachers.

Liberia is an English-speaking country in West Africa. A civil war from 1999 to 2003 left a significant gap in education for Liberians. The violence during this time made it impossible for many children to attend school. With the restoration of peace and a democratic election in 2005, gains were made in the education system, including an increase in the number of children completing their primary education from only 21 percent in 2002 to 62 percent in 2008 (Government of Liberia 2010).

Unfortunately, the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa created new challenges to the advancement of education in Liberia. In 2014, to limit the spread of the virus, Liberia’s president ordered the closure of all schools, which did not reopen for 7 months. Reports show that a great majority of children did not continue learning elsewhere while the schools were closed.


WE-CARE FoundationABOUT Reading Liberia

CODE and the WE-CARE Foundation are working together to provide professional development training and support for teachers as well as high-quality, locally produced books for children. In addition, CODE and WE-CARE are currently working to address new challenges emerging as a result of the Ebola Crisis.

More about the WE-CARE Foundation in Liberia


For nearly 30 years, the International Book Bank (IBB) has placed high-quality new books into the hands of readers in limited income countries. Over the past 10 years IBB has shipped hundreds of thousands of books to the WE-CARE Foundation in Liberia alone. We're pleased to announce, that beginning in 2016, IBB has joined CODE and WE-CARE with supporting the Reading Liberia program.

 

Country Stats

Capital: Monrovia

Population: 4.294 million

Area: 111,369 km2

GDP (per capita): $3.71 billion

Languages: English is the official language, but 31 languages are spoken in Liberia.

Literacy Rate: 54.5% of Liberians above the age of 15 can read and write

Literacy Rate for Women: 44%

Literacy Rate for Men: 64.7%

Out-of-school Rate: 61.9% of school-aged children do not attend school

Where We Work: Monrovia, the capital city of the West African country of Liberia.

Did you Know?

An Early Grade Reading Assessment found that around one-third of grade 2 students in Liberia were unable to read a word.

On average, Liberian teachers are paid no more than US $5 per day

Recent News and Stories

B.D. Colen Writes About His Trip to Liberia in In Media ResSep 02, 2014CODE expert-volunteer B.D....read full article...
What I Learned in LiberiaFeb 03, 2014By Dr. Wendy Saul...read full article...
Teaching, and exploring, photography in LiberiaJan 28, 2014By B.D. Colen...read full article...
Children's Room in Liberian Library Named After CODE Friend David KloosterDec 16, 2013The newly-established children's room of a Liberian library was named after a late CODE volunteer and friend....read full article...

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