Youth and children, in all regions of the world, experience some degree of difficulty or uncertainty as they make the transition into adulthood. However, the situation that youth in Africa face is one of the most difficult in many respects. Average life expectancy in the region is among the lowest in the world. Weak infrastructure and poor economic development have traditionally impeded youth development in the region; enrolling and/or staying enrolled in school, finding decent and productive work, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle all present very real challenges to a large proportion of youth in the region (World Youth Report, 2007). Many young people find it difficult to obtain education mainly because of financial constraints. Most of them are self-sponsored in schools and/or are sponsored by young relatives who do not have decent jobs. This has given rise to increase in out of school and drop-outs. Without an adequate education, young people face a difficult transition to adulthood and independence as they are likely to experience unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. The exclusion of young people from the education system, and consequently from other opportunities later if life, is likely to persist unless policies are adopted and implemented to ameliorate the situation.
As a response to this potentially explosive situation, Youth Crime Watch of Liberia has instituted Education 4 All to support students in schools.
Youth Crime Watch Liberia believes that all youth and children have the right to education and that without proper access and means, Liberia’s youth will continue to suffer and be left behind. Under our Education 4 All program we envision educated Liberian Youth leading their country, supporting peaceful reconstruction, and reducing crime. Our Mission is to enable disadvantaged youth and children to attend/enroll in school with the supports necessary to achieve academic success and transition to independence.
OUR CHANGE STRATEGY
By providing financial and educational support to our youth as well as fostering leadership we believe that we are truly providing our youth with opportunities to become leaders of change.
By providing financial aid to youth we are giving them the opportunity to continue their education. This allows youth to become empowered with knowledge and skills that are needed to become powerful actors and leaders of change.
EDUCATION 4 ALL SUPPORT
Currently our Education 4 All program is being supported by grants and supporters like you. If you would like to help us in our efforts, please donate here.