|Peace Building & Education Program|
Liberia Peace Building and Education Program
Project Goal: ADC ensures access to formal and non-formal education for 8,032 children and adolescents of Maryland County (5,142) and Lofa County (2,890) in Liberia. The program supports families, schools and the local communities to enhance conflict resolution and peace building skills for Liberia's future generations.
Project Beneficiaries: Children and adolescents living in transitional communities from post-conflict Liberia and Ivorian refugees in Maryland and Lofa counties following the 2011 civil war in Ivory Coast. ADC focuses on youth that are out of school, over age for their grade and/or at risk of dropping out of school.
Budget: US$ 464,906
As the civil war affected every aspect of the education system and national development in Liberia, the key objective of this project is strengthening the education system while building a culture of peace and tolerance in program communities. Conducted with an emphasis on equity, capacity development, sustainability, gender sensitivity, and participation, the program targets at risk children and adolescents both in and out of school at all levels of the education system.
Central to the project are the three education components, Early Childhood Development (ECD), Alternative Basic Education (ABE), and the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). Each is in line with UNICEF’s Child Friendly School (CFS) standards and ensures children and youth of all age groups have increased access to quality education.
ECD is an early childhood kindergarten program that gives children ages 3-6 an introduction to learning, acquiring basic literacy, numeracy and social skills. Taught in a safe and positive environment, the children learn by interactive activities and games.
The Accelerated Learning Program gives the opportunity to out-of-school children ages 9-12, who were deprived of receiving basic primary education, to catch up to their peers in 3 years. The program covers grades 1 & 2 in Year 1, grades 3 & 4 in Year 2, and grades 5 & 6 in Year 3.
ADC frequently trains and monitors its caregivers and teachers to ensure the quality of the education, including sensitivity towards children with disabilities, diversity, conflict-resolution and how to create a child friendly school.
ADC’s community awareness projects promote social cohesion, and compliment the work in schools. A feature of the program is the creative learning opportunities, such as Sports for Peace. The biggest local media presence is created through the ADC radio program, run by children and local leaders. Broadcasts focus on the importance of education, the challenges facing education in Liberia and conflict reduction skills. The radio program is reaching a wide and diverse audience. ADC teaches peace building through education in schools whilst promoting the message in the communities, together, moving towards a more peaceful environment for all.