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 that majority of Liberians cannot afford. Many young children are thus unable to complete elementary school. Around 50 pupils are in crowded classroom, some students stand in classroom due to lack of chairs.
The inconsistent range of ages at which Liberian children enter primary school makes it harder to determine at primary education for their age-group (6-11) for which the six grades of primary schooling are intended. A large majority of six-year-old Liberian children who should be entering first grade of primary school are still in pre-school education rather than at the intended age of two or three. Over a quarter of a million 6 to 11-year-old children have never been to school as per UNESCO and UNICEF Out-of-School Study of 2011.
The lack of improved educational facilities and supplies along with the cost of study is one the main causes of the low rate of enrollment. Even if education is officially free and obligatory parents will have to pay for many hidden costs such as: pencils; uniforms; books; desks; and teachers, who are generally underpaid and lack training. Parents who don’t have enough money can’t send their children to school. That is where we, and all of our supporters come into play.
Our goal is to help address the growing challenges by constructing schools in every cities, towns, and villages across Liberia, and provide free education to poor and low income children and families. We will provide education and academic resources and tutoring to poor and low income children and families of Liberia to increase not only the literacy rates, but also the number of Liberians who have had some formal education. We will do so by providing English, Reading, Math, Science, World History and Art classes/workshops with the support of volunteer educators. The volunteers educators will provide training to their Liberian counterpart, and commission them to teach poor and low income children and families in the toughest and poorest communities across Liberia.
We envision an education system that expands opportunity for all students – but particularly for poor and less fortunate students – and allows them to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the society and the workplace. The goal is to ensure all students receive elementary and high school education that equips them to succeed in college or career training program.
We know we can accomplish so much more for poor and less fortunate students in Liberia and across the globe. Our elementary through high school approach is driven by a direct focus on schools because that’s where the action of teaching and learning happens. An Outstanding schools—led by leaders who focus on continuous improvement —are what help students succeed most.
Your monthly support to our educational program will help ensure orphans, poor and low income children and families in Liberia and across the globe receive free quality education they need to thrive, and maximize their potentials. This means we will construct modern schools with updated technology, and provide transportation to less fortunate children who parents cannot afford paying transportation to get them to school. Students will also have access to healthy food, medical care, and 24/7 loving care they need to grow up happy and healthy. This is truly life changing, and sadly, is not the norm in Liberia’s Education Systems.
On May 22, 2018, Delano King Foundation shipped a large box to orphans and less fortunate children and families in Libera. The box contains food, educational supplies, cloths, shoes and toiletries. Over five hundred struggling students benefited from our free educational supplies. Scissors, paper, pencils, and glue sticks seem like a modest expense. But for children whose parents might barely afford food, new school supplies are a luxury.