About the Liberian Education Advancement Program:
After years of civil war and Ebola, Liberia’s public schools were failing; school buildings were falling apart, and not a single child passed the college entrance exam there in 2014.
Former President Sirleaf’s Government showed bold leadership and designed an innovative program that stepped up to the challenge. The Liberian Minister of Education launched Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL), an initiative that envisaged non-state partners and the Government working together to build truly powerful public schools.
In the first year, over 20,000 Liberian students attended measurably improved schools and learned 60% more than traditional public school students. The Center for Global Development found increases in attendance, satisfaction and, other exciting outcomes as well. A 3 year RCT by Innovations Poverty Action and the Center for Global Development found that overall the program provided a 0.26 standard deviations (SD’s) in English and 0.35 SD’s in maths; equating to more than a year of additional learning.
Today, PSL has been renamed to the Liberian Education Advancement Program (LEAP) program, which is educating more than 55,000 students across the country with dramatically improved outcomes. After a successful democratic election, President George Weah and Vice-President Howard-Taylor have indicated their continued support for the expansion of the LEAP program in 2018 and beyond. For more detail, read the LEAP Overview recently developed by the four LEAP operators and donors.
About the Liberian Education Achievement Resource Network:
Until the LEAP program reaches approximately 250,000 students, the innovative LEAP program providers rely on support from philanthropic supporters and donors like you.
The Liberian Education Achievement Resource Network (LEARN) was established to fill this need, and provide financial support to the schools serving LEAP students. LEARN will support the most proven LEAP operators with statistically significant gains and who serve tens of thousands of students. This criteria ensures both quality and scale for the children in Liberia.
LEARN is registered as a not for profit organization in Washington, DC (with 501(c)3 status), and has raised millions of dollars to date to support Liberian children in the LEAP program.
For the children of Liberia, there is no time to wait for a better education. They need your help for this amazing work to continue, so please consider a contribution today. To discuss partnerships, specific funding opportunities, or to learn more about LEARN, contact us today.
SPOTLIGHT ON LEARN PARTNER
After numerous studies, Bridge Liberia was the strongest performing operator and now serves nearly 37,075 students in 171 schools across Liberia in Year 5 of the LEAP program. The Learning in Liberia Year 3 study found 81% of students who joined a Bridge school in the first grade and have now spent 2½ years in a Bridge supported classroom are proficient or basic readers; compared to only 33% of students in traditional public schools. A gold standard three year RCT found that students in Bridge-supported schools, had the equivalent of 2.5 years of additional learning.
Bridge Liberia achieved these learning gains through their technology driven-approach leveraging teacher computers, better lesson plans, and enhanced teacher training, monitoring, and support. LEARN is proud to partner with providers like Bridge that are making significant academic gains for Liberia’s children.
Bridge Liberia's success over the years led the Ministry of Education to provide an "A" rating and increase their allocation from 25 schools in Year 1 to 171 schools in Year 4 because Bridge Liberia "demonstrates a significant quality of implementation and ability to scale." To read more on Bridge Liberia's A rating and subsequent growth, see the release from Bridge Liberia and the Ministry of Education from year 2.
Bridge Liberia's successes have been extensively featured in the media in Liberia and around the world. Read more about Bridge Liberia's work from Nick Kristof of the New York Times, The Economist, USA Today, FrontPage Africa and others.