Our Liberia

Liberia is a beautiful country tucked away in West Africa. English is the official language and over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, representing the numerous tribes who make up more than 95% of the population. Many Liberians experience poverty, limited educational opportunities and poor health services.

Our Liberia

Country at a glance

Age structure

Source: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES retrieved from http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/liberia/liberia_people.html

Education

According to Liberia’s Demographic and Health Survey 33% of women and 13% of men between the ages of 15-49 are uneducated and 19% of citizens between the ages of 15-24 and 40% of those between 25-34 are illiterate according to the Ministry of Education.

Fewer than 40% of children graduate from primary school and in 2016 two-thirds of primary school aged children were not going to school.

  • Thirty-six percent of women and 58 percent of men have at least some secondary school education.
  • Literacy rates are low in Liberia: definition: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 47.6%

West African Examination Council (WAEC): high failure rates for WAEC exams

Source: 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) undertaken by the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS)

Economic & Unemployment,
youth ages 15-24

Health

Source: Demographic and Health Survey (2007), UNDP Human Development Report (2010), Liberia Malaria Indicator Survey (2009), United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2008), Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy (2008), Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaire (2007), World Bank and IMF Economic Outlook (April 2010).