Education is a treasure that can never be taken away. It’s one of the soundest predictors of well-being and economic stability there is. Communities can flourish when families have access to quality early childhood education, high-performing schools and enrichment activities for their children, and when adults can get the skills training and continuing education they need to land and advance in living wage jobs.
Unfortunately, education continues to be the victim in post war Liberia with most of the better facilities found mainly in the capital Monrovia and its environs. According to recent report, approximately 62% of the children in Liberia are not enrolled in any form of primary education program. That’s why promoting educational opportunity is at the foundation of our work in underserved communities in Liberia.
Education First, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formally registered in the United States and Liberia in 2011. We are dedicated to empowering underserved communities through education programs, consulting initiatives and community partnership programs. In 2012 the organization established Education First Academy in Harper, Liberia. Currently, the Academy consists of an early childhood center and a primary school. It is our goal to extend the Academy to secondary school in the coming years. In addition to establishing the school, we work closely with other schools and communities to provide continuous support to schools, teachers and community members to ensure a long-term success of children and youths in the community. We are also involved in health and wellness education of children and the communities we serve. This is what sets us apart from other organizations.
Since Education First, Inc. was formerly registered in 2011, we have established Education First Academy (EFA)encompassing an early childhood center and a primary school (grade 1-6). Enrollment at EFA has increased from 40 in 2011 to 300 in 2016. More than 500 students from public schools in the communities we serve have benefitted from our school supplies programs. Approximately 300 teachers and higher education faculty and staff have participated in our professional development seminars and workshops in Liberia. Education First Academy is the first Pre-K – Grade 6 school in the region with functioning computer lab and a technology literacy program for the students at all grade levels. Our education programs have indirectly benefit hundreds of parents more each year by reaching our students' family members, social networks and their extended communities. We have donated instructional materials valued at about $20,000 to schools. Furthermore, EFI set up 200 hand washing stations in 20 communities during the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia.
Education First, Inc. is soliciting funding to construct its own facility to house Education First Academy in Harper, Liberia. The enrolment at our current facility, which is privately owned, has increased from 40 students in 2012 to 300 in 2016. This $300,000 (United States Dollars) facility when completed will enable us to better provide quality education to approximately 500 students from pre-kindergarten through secondary school. Specifically, the facility will have an early childhood center, a primary school and a secondary school. In addition, the facility will have administrative offices, school health and wellness center, a multimedia center, library, science and technology lab, multipurpose building for indoor activities, and a cafeteria for the school feeding program. The school will also provide community-based programs for adults, particularly women, outside of regular school hours.
We believe there are many people like you who wish to contribute to benefit others - so we provide a safe and reliable conduit for people who want to help Liberia’s children from underserved and rural communities aspire to a brighter future, through access to a good education. We guarantee that every penny donated to our not-for-profit organization will go towards the construction of this Education Complex.