August 21, 2017
Ways You Can Help
Young people, in all regions of the world, experience some degree of difficulty or uncertainty as they make the transition into adulthood. However, the situation that youth in Africa face is one of the most difficult in many respects. Average life expectancy in the region is among the lowest in the world. Weak infrastructure and poor economic development have traditionally impeded youth development in the region; enrolling and/or staying enrolled in school, finding decent and productive work, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle all present very real challenges to a large proportion of youth in the region (World Youth Report, 2007). Many young people find it difficult to obtain education mainly because of financial constraints. Most of them are self-sponsored in schools and/or are sponsored by young relatives who do not have decent jobs. This has given rise to increase in out of school and drop-outs. Without an adequate education, young people face a difficult transition to adulthood and independence as they are likely to experience unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. The exclusion of young people from the education system, and consequently from other opportunities later if life, is likely to persist unless policies are adopted and implemented to ameliorate the situation.
As a response to this potentially explosive situation, Youth Crime Watch of Liberia has instituted Education 4 All. To date, YCWL has supported more than 150 high school and university students.
Youth Crime Watch Liberia believes that all youth and children have the right to education and that without proper access and means, Liberia’s youth will continue to suffer and be left behind. Under our Education 4 All program we envision educated Liberian Youth leading their country, supporting peaceful reconstruction, and reducing crime. Our Mission is to enable disadvantaged youth and children to attend/enroll in school with the supports necessary to achieve academic success and transition to independence.
HOW WE DO IT
The key to truly empowering our youth and children is to fight the causes of decreased enrollment and school dropout rates. Our research has shown that the two major constraints are financial means and support from inside the home. It is because of this that under our Education 4 All program we provide two major interventions
The financial aid is intended to benefit out of school youth/children and also students who have demonstrated ability in school and have interests in advanced education but do not have the resources and necessary support to go to and remain in school or college.
Though many Liberian Youth are dedicated to their studies, the lack of education provided during the 14 years of civil war and unrest has left many of their parents unable to support their children through the education process. Without access to electricity and without parents being aware of how to support their children, our youth have extreme difficulties when returning home from school and doing homework or studying.
Through Homework Clubs we empower our youth with the necessary environment, materials, means and support to excel in school. Homework Clubs provide one on one tutoring sessions to youth from grades 1 to 12 in a variety of subjects. Tutoring is free of charge to underprivileged students who need academic assistance. We also provide extra support in personal areas such as confidence, goal setting, problem solving and general advising. Emphasis is also placed on improving English language skills helping out with classwork. This program is a great way for students to experience more one on one individual attention than they might receive in school on a daily basis.
Homework Clubs are also used to encourage leadership and foster citizenship. Most youth find themselves being forced into listening roles and are provided with few opportunities to take the lead and share what they believe and know. Our Youth Tutors are provided with this opportunity as a means to not only help out their community members but also as a means to becoming community leaders and understanding their power to create change. Many of our Youth Tutors participate in our iCare program (link to iCare), which encourages leadership for change.
OUR CHANGE STRATEGY
By providing financial and educational support to our youth as well as fostering leadership we believe that we are truly providing our youth with opportunities to become leaders of change.
By providing financial aid to youth we are giving them the opportunity to continue their education. This allows youth to become empowered with knowledge and skills that are needed to become powerful actors and leaders of change.
EDUCATION 4 ALL SUPPORT
Currently our Street Library program is being supported by grants and supporters like you. If you would like to help us in our efforts, please donate here.
Below are categories of fee schedules for the typical schools in Liberia.
Category 1: Primary/Secondary Schools
For private schools, 6th, 9th, and 12th graders pay for national exams also and these amounts are inclusive in maximum fees charged at these levels.
Category 2: Public University – University of Liberia
|US$2.50 per credit x 18 credits (normal load)||45.00||
|Registration/activities/other related costs||39.21|
The figure totaled above is one being paid by an average student carrying a normal load of 18 credit hours at the University of Liberia for a period of One Semester. This is reflective of the current fees breakdown only.
Category 3: Private University
|US$10.00 per credit x 18 credits (normal load)||180.00||
|Registration/activities/other related costs||39.21|
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