Education in Liberia
Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia has faced decades of intermittent instability and conflict since the 1980’s, and, in many ways, is still recovering from the Ebola outbreak in 2015, when schools were closed for an entire year. Liberia suffers from one of the highest recorded rates of out-of-school children in the world, with 56% of primary-school-age children currently missing out on an education.
Students who do manage to enroll must overcome barriers to learning in the classroom. With over 30 languages spoken throughout Liberia, students speaking a dialect at home may struggle to learn even basic concepts when they are taught in English, the official language of instruction. Unqualified teachers exacerbate the problem and may lead parents to withdraw their students from school.
Number of children out of school (primary school)
Percent of children out of school (primary school age)
Government expenditure on education (as % of government expenditure)
Qualified teachers in primary school
Barriers to Learning
What We’re Doing
The University of Sussex is currently studying our experience transferring the Second Chance model from Ethiopia to Liberia with the objective of identifying the principles that can make for successful accelerated learning for out-of-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Children given a second
Of students are girls
Second Chance facilitators
and partners trained
Liberia Institute for the Promotion of Academic Excellence
Restoring Our Children’s Hope
The Luminos Fund is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization registered in the United States (EIN 36-4817073).