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” – 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.