• Who We Are - 227
  • Who We Are - 228
Our Story

In 2011 Education First, Inc. was officially registered in the United States as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Liberia. However, the groundwork began in 2008 when the Executive Director and founder, Dr. Blidi Stemn, who has been in the field of education for more than 20 years visited Liberia. As he traveled across the country, he came across overcrowded classrooms with children sitting on lumber supported by cement blocks as they wrote with their notebooks on their laps. Most of the schools were staffed with under qualified and untrained teachers who taught at grade levels they themselves had barely achieved.

In spite of the surmounting problems faced by schools and teachers as a result of the 14 years of civil unrest, Dr. Stemn came across some dedicated teachers with limited to no resources teaching in abandoned buildings and open areas. These teachers were making the best of the limited resources available to them at the time. After visiting Liberia Dr. Stemn established Education First Academy in 2012 to provide quality education to children and youths in underserved communities particularly in Harper, Liberia. In September 2012, Education First Academy started with 40 children from the early pre-kindergarten to grade 2. Since the establishment of the school, approximately 300 children are receiving quality education and the primary education program has been extended to include grade 3 through 6. Other programs include afterschool remedial sessions, technology literacy, summer camps, and extracurricular activities.

©2014 Education First, Inc. ( Empowering rural and underserved communities through education ) - Website by Iron Web Designs