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

Reading Liberia – Field Notes – Day 2 How teachers are tracking project outcomes, the partnerships and opportunities.Charlie Temple was in Monrovia, Liberia for day two. He worked with teachers to develop and pilot test class monitoring and assessment tools. The purpose of the exercise was to build the capacity of We-CARE Foundation to track and collect data about the......read full article...
Teacher training workshops in Liberia By Meddie Mayanja, CODE Program Manager, in Liberia On Monday, WE-CARE Foundation opened two parallel teacher training workshops at St. Teresa Convent in Monrovia. The events marked Reading Liberia’s project expansion to 26 schools. The workshops will......read full article...
Gord Pronk in Liberia- Challenges and SolutionsWe just finished day 2 and we are winding down on the balcony.  Kathy has a lot of writing to review. I will explain a couple of challenges and start a discussion about the solution. I guess I have already come up with a solution for the first challenge....read full article...
CODE in the Field - Back in Liberia with Kathy Stinson By: Kathy Stinson February 2, 2010 I’m sitting on the fourth floor balcony of the Cape Hotel in Monrovia in shorts and t-shirt listening to a mixture of surf and hotel generators, and the occasional honking of a motorcycle horn. It’s just after nine o’......read full article...

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