Schools for Africa
UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, helped develop the Education Sector Plan 2017–2021, highlighting key investment areas, and is supporting two important programmes: the model community early childhood development centres and the ‘Accelerated Learning Policy Guidelines’. The model centres promote early learning and school readiness. The guidelines were created to address the fact that 62 per cent of primary school age children were out of school.4 Between 2008 and 2016, this tool helped enrol over 90,000 primary school children across Liberia’s 15 counties. UNICEF also provides teaching and learning materials to over 5,000 schools; these account for more than 90 per cent of Liberia’s schools. From 2015 to 2017, UNICEF facilitated Ebola recovery efforts by conducting refresher trainings for approximately 10,000 teachers nationwide and supported the development of a National Adolescent Empowerment Strategy (2017–2022) to promote youth participation in national decision-making processes and the foundational life skills curriculum for adolescents. This strategy is being rolled out through youth centres and adolescent resource centres.