Education and Poverty
After a long and devastating 14-year civil war that destroyed virtually every aspect of human living in Liberia, the country is rebuilding. Eleven years after the end of the war, the recuperation has been a slow process and the destructive effects from the war are still reverberating throughout the country. Two of the biggest problems hindering Liberia’s recovery are lack of education and crippling poverty.
Broken Education System
Schools in Liberia are underfunded, understaffed and lack the resources necessary to provide even a basic education. The education system is all but completely broken. As a result, most students who graduate from a public high school leave with levels of literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to that of American elementary schools.
Female dropout rates are extremely high throughout Liberia. Teenage pregnancy, household duties, child rearing, low expectations and parental jealousy are all catalysts for this tragic phenomenon. The problem of a poor education becomes more daunting when you consider that female graduates are more likely to remain in rural areas, than their male counterparts, in order to care for their families.
The problems facing young females, coupled with the ineffective education system, is deplorable. It becomes even worse when combined with the exacerbating poverty that affects nearly everything and everyone in Liberia.
Lack of Competitve Salaries
Always listed as one of the poorest countries in the world, Liberia must find a way to offer more jobs to its workforce in order to raise its standard of living. If not, the numerous challenges facing the country will continue to leave its people further and further behind. When people do find work, for example a government teaching position, it is common not to receive pay for over a year. Once they are paid, teachers with high school degrees only receive approximately $150 per month. This is barely enough for people to live in rural areas, and not enough to sustain a family in the city. Competitive salaries that are paid regularly and on-time are hard to find and even harder to keep.
If Liberia can find a way to provide better education to its students and create higher paying & dependable jobs, they can begin the long road to recovery. In the meantime, Bosh Bosh exists to put these steps in place.
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