Inclusive and quality education
Accelerating improvements in access to quality education for children is one of the most urgent priorities for UNICEF. The education programme is supporting the government and partners in rapidly responding to reducing inequities and disparities in the education system, with specific focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including children with disabilities . A major impetus is on implementing the new Education Act with evidence based interventions that is aimed at providing formal and vocational education to more than half a million children who are currently out of school.
Adopting a life-cycle approach, UNICEF is focusing on early childhood development (ECD) as a foundation for addressing access and quality in pre-primary and basic education. ECD is being piloted in selected counties for nationwide scale up in the near future, taking into account strategies developed with support of the Global Partnership for Education. Key investments in education also includes introducing learning approaches that incorporate life skills for out-of-school children, appropriate to age, circumstances and local context. The strategies are aimed at preparing younger children to re-enter formal school and older children to link into pre-vocational training programmes.
UNICEF is supporting the nationwide roll out of the child friendly schools approach, investing in curriculum development and revision teacher trainings, teaching and learning materials, as well as building capacities of education managers at national and sub-national levels in planning, management, supervision and monitoring. Child-friendly schools are being facilitated through collaborations with health, nutrition, child protection, and WASH sectors.
Sustaining peace in Liberia is a key priority of the government and all development partners. UNICEF’s Peace Building Education and Advocacy is helping the government integrate peacebuilding in the education system through increased engagement of children, families and communities. Youth empowerment is also a key focus of the programme and hundreds of trained youth volunteers are being assigned to education, health and agriculture centres within communities across the country. With the support of community peace committees, the youth volunteers trained on leadership and peacebuilding skills are already playing a pivotal role in resolving disputes in communities through peaceful dialogue.
The UNICEF Education programme is also promoting innovation and technology initiatives for children living in remote areas through its Connecting Classrooms initiative.