A decade removed from political conflict, Liberians are optimistic that peace and prosperity lie ahead. But the country’s two civil wars have left a gap in the education sector, resulting in a “lost generation” of youth with limited education and employability skills.
EDC is helping to rebuild Liberia’s educational and economic infrastructure through the USAID Advancing Youth Project. Advancing Youth is a holistic program that provides increased access to quality alternative basic education (ABE), social and leadership development, and livelihood training for out-of-school youth ages 13–35 who have no or marginal literacy and numeracy skills. The project also offers work-based learning opportunities, with an emphasis on youth clubs and local cross-sectoral alliances to enhance youths’ experiences.
Advancing Youth activities include the following:
- Work closely with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and community-based organizations to build their capacity for program management
- Train facilitators to deliver ABE
- Provide youth with work-based learning, skills, and entrepreneurship training
- Develop public-private partnerships, youth clubs, and local alliances to support economic opportunity
- Developed three levels of curriculum in literacy, numeracy, life skills, and work readiness mapped to the academic content of grades 1–6 in the formal education sector but adapted for the context and needs of older out-of-school youth
- Delivered educational programming via radio during the Ebola crisis in 2015.
- Conducted residential training sessions and cluster workshops for 1,900 MoE teachers and administrators, including the development and delivery of the first credit-bearing introductory course for ABE facilitators and administrators with a recognized Liberian Teacher Training institution
- Enrolled 10,341 learners in 155 sites across six counties in the 2015 academic year, bringing the total to 22,256 learners since the start of the project
- Worked with three private sector partners to implement on-the-job literacy and work readiness training for employees
- Integrated livelihoods interventions (such as village savings and loans associations) to 1,720 learners through a variety of partners
- Provided additional training on HIV/AIDs prevention and family planning to 70 communities as a part of a partnership with Population Services International (PSI)
Ministry of Education, YMCA of Liberia