In 2014

108,000
books and posters

were shipped to Ebola affected areas of Liberia.

By 2020, more than

810
educators

will be trained by CODE and WE-CARE in reading and writing instruction and promotion.

By 2016, more than

25,000
primary students

will have been taught by CODE trained teachers.

Liberia is an English-speaking country in West Africa. A civil war from 1999 to 2003 left a significant gap in education for Liberians. The violence during this time made it impossible for many children to attend school. With the restoration of peace and a democratic election in 2005, gains were made in the education system, including an increase in the number of children completing their primary education from only 21 percent in 2002 to 62 percent in 2008 (Government of Liberia 2010).

Unfortunately, the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa created new challenges to the advancement of education in Liberia. In 2014, to limit the spread of the virus, Liberia’s president ordered the closure of all schools, which did not reopen for 7 months. Reports show that a great majority of children did not continue learning elsewhere while the schools were closed.


WE-CARE FoundationABOUT Reading Liberia

CODE and the WE-CARE Foundation are working together to provide professional development training and support for teachers as well as high-quality, locally produced books for children. In addition, CODE and WE-CARE are currently working to address new challenges emerging as a result of the Ebola Crisis.

More about the WE-CARE Foundation in Liberia


For nearly 30 years, the International Book Bank (IBB) has placed high-quality new books into the hands of readers in limited income countries. Over the past 10 years IBB has shipped hundreds of thousands of books to the WE-CARE Foundation in Liberia alone. We're pleased to announce, that beginning in 2016, IBB has joined CODE and WE-CARE with supporting the Reading Liberia program.

 

Country Stats

Capital: Monrovia

Population: 4.294 million

Area: 111,369 km2

GDP (per capita): $3.71 billion

Languages: English is the official language, but 31 languages are spoken in Liberia.

Literacy Rate:  54.5% of Liberians above the aged of 15 can read and write

Literacy Rate for Women: 44%

Literacy Rate for Men:  64.7%

Out-of-school Rate: 61.9% of school-aged children do not attend school

Where We Work: Monrovia, the capital city of the West African country of Liberia.

Did you Know?

An Early Grade Reading Assessment found that around one-third of grade 2 students in Liberia were unable to read a word.

On average, Liberian teachers are paid no more than US $5 per day

Recent News and Stories

Read the latest news about CODE's efforts in Liberia.
International Development WeekFeb 06, 2017It’s #IDW2017! Time to reflect on why education is so vital and how we must work harder to ensure that ALL children get the opportunity — and the right — to learn. From Feb 5-11 celebrate Canada's contributions to int'l development & encourage all......read full article...
From Shipping to Creating and Sharing BooksDec 13, 2016For nearly 30 years, CODE and the International Book Bank (IBB) have worked together to get high-quality North American reading materials into the hands of teachers, librarians and young people in low-income countries. ...read full article...
Meet long-time CODE Volunteer, Dr. Alison PreeceDec 05, 2016On this International Volunteer Day we’d like to tip our hats to the legion of expert volunteers who work with CODE throughout the year to help deliver our UNESCO award-winning literacy programming in Africa, the Caribbean, and in Canada. ...read full article...
PM Trudeau visits CODE Reading Liberia SchoolNov 30, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Slipway Primary School in Monrovia where CODE and its Liberian partner, the WE-CARE Foundation, work to support professional development in the teaching of reading and writing as part of its Reading Liberia 20-20......read full article...

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