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 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. Poor parents cannot send their children to school. That is where we, and all our supporters come into play.
A good quality education helps children reach their full potential; however, for millions of children and youth in Liberia, it is beyond reach. Although more children in Liberia are going to school than ever before, many are not learning basic skills like reading once they get there.
Tetee Williams mother – Marthalene Williams was the first patient in the 72nd Pennsville Community to have contacted the Ebola Virus. She got in contact with the Virus by her cousin who came to visit her, and the cousin died of the Ebola Virus. Marthalene Williams begin to feel some symptoms, but disbelieved it was Ebola; believing it was a symptom of her pregnancy. Later her condition got worse and she was rushed to the hospital in a taxi with the help of Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan on September 15, 2014. Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan later died from Ebola on October 18, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
Marthalene Williams was convulsing and seven months pregnant when arrived at the hospital. Unfortunately for her, the hospital turned her away for the lack of space in the Ebola treatment ward. She later died at 3:00 am upon returning home from the hospital. The Williams family lost six family members in their household at the hands of the Ebola Virus.
Most orphans have extended family that took them in, but as for Tetee Williams, she lost much of her extended family to the Ebola Virus and she is now relying on the help of neighbors. Most of Tetee friends refused to play with her thinking she had the symptoms of Ebola.
According to Tetee Williams, she is facing lot of challenges but the worse is not being able to go back to school. “My mother promised me that I will be educated. She wanted me to become a doctor.” According to Tetee, “life has become meaningless to me since the death of my mother, sister and brother.”
Despite facing hardships, Tetee always encourage herself. She believes there must be a reason why she, her father, and two other siblings survived, so they have no other choice but to keep on surviving. Tetee and the surviving Williams family thanks the Delano King Foundation for hearing their cry and seeing interest in helping them. Tetee prayer is that others will see reasons in partnering with Delano King Foundation in serving humanity.
“I am sad, when my mother was alive, she used to encourage me. We talked a lot, we laughed before going to bed, we had a lot of fun together, but since she died, nobody can talk to me the way she did. I am really missing her, her love, and everything.” – Tetee Williams
Delano King Foundation works to help address the growing challenges by constructing schools to provide free education to underprivileged children. We provide educational and academic resources and tutoring to less fortunate children of Liberia to increase not only the literacy rates, but also the number of Liberians who have had some formal education. We do so by providing English, Reading, Math, Science, World History and Art classes/workshops with the support of volunteer educators. Our volunteer educators provide training to their Liberian counterpart, and commission them to teach 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 society. 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 together 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 school—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 and underprivileged children 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 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.