Liberia Projects

Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation project (University of Liberia)

In the last 25 years, Liberia has been devastated by a military coup (1980), a civil war (1989-2003) and the Ebola virus (2014-15).  In 2006 Liberia returned to civilian government under the leadership of the Hon. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  Confronted with the deadly Ebola Virus that claimed the lives of 4,800 vicitms, the Government closed the schools, suspended public services and more or less shut the country down. Today the Government of Liberia - through the Ministry of Education - is…

Lifting Liberia through Books (Concordia Language Villages and Congressman Keith Ellison) - Liberia

Schools and communities across Liberia are challenged by the limited resources they have for supporting literacy among its citizens. Many school shelves are bare, and public libraries are either non-existent or stand empty. To complicate the issue even further, as a result of the deadly Ebola crisis in Liberia, the country announced in July 2014 that it was closing all schools across the country to try to stem the spread of the disease. In a country with the low rate of 58% adult literacy and…

Saclepea-Mah Development Association (SAMDA) - Liberia

Liberian students face many roadblocks in seeking education. In 2013, 25,000 students who wrote a college entrance exam for one of the two state run universities failed the test. After consideration, a number of students were admitted to the University of Liberia, but the episode shows that the obstacles that Liberian students face are causing real issues in the education system. For instance, many students in the more remote parts of Liberia walk for more than an hour to get to school.…