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Luminos in Liberia

Since 2016, Luminos has worked with community-based organizations and the government of Liberia to scale our catch-up education program, reaching more than 17,660 out-of-school children.

Meet Jessica, a Luminos student in Liberia:

Liberia at a Glance

Even before COVID-19, Liberia’s education sector was badly damaged by legacies of Ebola and civil war. While the government has taken many important steps to improve the quality of teaching and learning, there are more than 210,000 children missing out on an education.

Poverty in Liberia remains a considerable barrier to learning, with more than half of the population, 50.9 percent, living below the national poverty line.

Map showing the country of Liberia, located in West Africa.

Our Work in Liberia

Through our partnerships with community-based organizations, Luminos is weaving together our global best practices with local insights and experience. This ensures both high impact and high ownership of our work.

We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education, representing our joint commitment to ensuring all children can catch up to grade level, reintegrate into government schools, and prepare for lifelong learning.

Our classes of 30 students run five days a week for 10 months, covering the first three grades of school. We work with local publishers to incorporate Liberian stories into the curriculum, and we provide a much-needed school lunch for each student.

Previous external results show that Luminos students progress from not knowing the alphabet to reading short stories within just 10 months.

“The rate at which Luminos students are performing is exceptional… I want to applaud Luminos Fund for the tremendous work being done in improving results in education in Liberia.”

Minister Tarnue Marwolo Bongolee
Assistant Minister for Student Personnel Services, Liberia

The 2022-2023 School Year

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Recent Reports & Evaluations

2022 Luminos Liberia Endline Evaluation Report

(Q&A Services)

2021 Second Chance Liberia Endline Evaluation Report

(Q&A Services)

2019 Liberia Teaching & Learning Quality Evaluation 

(University of Sussex)

2019 Liberia Endline Evaluation Report

(Q&A Services)

All Work, All Play

(Childhood Education: Innovations)

In the 2021-22 school year, Luminos students went from being able to an average of just 1 word in one minute to 29!

Meet our Liberia Team

My favorite part of my role is visiting classes. You get to see the progress of students over time. If you visited a class five weeks ago and you come back, you see visible improvement in students’ reading ability. Everyone is just so happy! The teachers have this laser-focus approach to improving student learning outcomes.”

James Earl Kiawoin, Liberia Country Manager

Our Community Partners

Frontline community-based organizations (CBOs) are fundamental to Luminos’ model. These CBOs help select the communities we work in based on local needs, lead community engagement and delivery of the Luminos program, and monitor the program on an ongoing basis. In Liberia, Luminos works with the Ministry of Education and the following CBOs to co-create and deliver our country-specific programs:

“Working with Luminos defines the true essence of collaboration and partnership. Our context-driven knowledge of the issues is always valued by the Luminos team. The openness and strong commitment to integrating feedback makes this partnership so worthwhile.

The impact of the Luminos project cannot be quantified. It is beyond the number of students that transitioned to public schools. For us at LIPACE, the real impact is in the families and community of people that appreciates the value of education as a key to improving their livelihoods. There’s nothing more transformative than watching a child holding a pencil for the first time at age 12 only to complete primary school four years later. It’s been an inspiring journey.”

Benjamin M. Freeman Jr.
Executive Director, Liberia Institute for the Promotion of Academic Excellence (LIPACE)

“Working with Luminos defines the true essence of collaboration and partnership. Our context-driven knowledge of the issues is always valued by the Luminos team. The openness and strong commitment to integrating feedback makes this partnership so worthwhile.

The impact of the Luminos project cannot be quantified. It is beyond the number of students that transitioned to public schools. For us at LIPACE, the real impact is in the families and community of people that appreciates the value of education as a key to improving their livelihoods. There’s nothing more transformative than watching a child holding a pencil for the first time at age 12 only to complete primary school four years later. It’s been an inspiring journey.”

Benjamin M. Freeman Jr.
Executive Director, Liberia Institute for the Promotion of Academic Excellence (LIPACE)

Kid’s Educational Engagement Project (KEEP)

Close-up of Luminos Liberia student writing

Restoring Our Children’s Hope (ROCH)

Liberia Institute for the Promotion of Academic Excellence (LIPACE)

Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH)

Latest news & stories from Liberia

What the Average Hides

What the Average Hides

At the Luminos Fund, our work is driven by a commitment to help children learn an incredible amount in a short time: three years of school in just 10 months. As the Country Manager for our Liberia program, my team and I set ambitious targets to ensure all our students build foundational learning skills — and we measure their progress along the way, in real-time, often using data averages to gain quick insights.

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