DREAMS FULFILLMENT ACADEMY
Poor Educational System
(Dreams Fulfillment Academy) Marshall, Liberia. More information will be announced soon...to Liberia. In 2013, we were astonished to learn about the poor educational system in Liberia after years of civil war. Upon returning to the United States, we decided to present a proposed elementary school project to parties of interest regarding support for implementation.
One might ask: Why an elementary school? It is our hope that by building a free elementary school and providing educational instruction to the disenfranchised children suffering from years of civil unrest, we will be giving them a solid foundation and instilling hope and values at the same time.
- 1. Instructors and staff are paid low salaries so they are not motivated or may be corrupted.
- 2. Old instructors and staff need refresher training in order to cope with modern-day educational needs.
- 3. Need to train new instructors and staff through in-service programs.
- 4. Private schools depend on fees to compensate instructors and staff, resulting in lowering the standard for admission, thus creating lower academic output.
- 5. Poor facilities like run-down buildings, lack of libraries, laboratories, sanitation, teaching materials, aides, extracurricular activities, etc.
- 6. Parents and guardians unable to pay school fees, thus creating a high dropout ratio.
- 7. Young girls have to do "extra jobs" in and out of school in order to meet with academic and personal demands.
- 8. Lack of food at school hinders learning activities.
PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM:
Since the end of the civil war that lasted over fourteen (14) years, gradual steps to restore social services have been taken by both Government and local and Internationals organizations to improve the nation's educational sector. However, more still needs to be done. Liberia is rated as one of the world's poorest nations in almost every sector: Social, economic and infrastructural. The population of Liberia is 3.5 million people, where the central and coastal areas are most densely populated. The unemployment and illiteracy rate stands at a high 80% and most families are living below $1 US per day.
The Government offers free primary and compulsory (Grade 1-6) education; however, the free schools (government schools) are overcrowded, understaffed, lacking instructional materials, and in schools. However, the students have to teach themselves. The alternative is private schools however; parents are not earning enough to cover costs such as school fees (tuition), school uniforms, textbooks, pens, and other educational material for learning. A result of this is that children are involved in 'street peddling', selling on the streets in order to collect a wage to take home to their parents. Many children are doing hard physical labor, such as cutting up rock to be sold for building construction purposes.
Due to owing to this extreme poverty, parents are not encouraging their children to go to school and get a good education, but instead, they are sending their children out to work to bring a small income into the family home in order to provide what little food and shelter they can. The United Nations reports that 820 million people in developing nations are undernourished - Liberia is no exception.
Due to the above pressures, many children are not living as a normal child should. They are not getting good quality time with their parents; they are not getting an education, nor are they getting the chance to play as children should. This can potentially have a devastating effect on this upcoming generation as they grow up feeling demoralized, lacking confidence and self-worth, which therefore makes it difficult for them to fit into normal society. The results can be that these children eventually turn to violence and crime, with many children sleeping on the streets and experiencing abuse.
The proposed school project will target and benefit the community of Marshall, Liberia. Due to the lack of educational facilities in Marshall and the distance to the nearest school, many children, particularly the younger ones in this area, are not receiving education. This causes great concern for their wellbeing by their families. The job market has not been created, and therefore unemployment in this area is high. No line has been created to benchmark economy and poverty levels; however, both of these would stand well below the benchmark 'line' with most people living on less than $1 US per day. The main jobs in this area are in farming, petit trading, etc.
Background of Dreams Fulfillment Foundation:
The Dreams Fulfillment Foundation, Inc. is a U.S. based non-profit (tax exempt) organization founded in August 2009 with a mission of reducing the illiteracy rate on the continent of Africa to the utmost minimum by providing scholarships, school supplies, and building schools for disenfranchised children in West Africa.
Over the past 7 years, we have donated 35 used computers to the Jimmy Jolocon School in Gardnersville, Liberia and the Palm Grove AGM School in Careysburg, Liberia. With 300 scholarships given out over the years, we have also donated relief items in the form of used clothing and shoes to the Mother Wleh Orphanage Home in Barnersville, Liberia, Children Rescue Center, Mount Barclay, Liberia, ELWA Hospital Maternity Ward, ELWA, Liberia. etc.
Jimmy Jolocon School in Gardnersville, Liberia
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Palm Grove AGM School in Careysburg, Liberia
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