The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia

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Even before the Ebola outbreak, it is estimated that 70% of Liberian children between the ages of six and 11 were not enrolled in primary school; with one fifth of children involved in child labour. Secondary education was also inaccessible to most Liberian youths, as 98% of secondary schools are in the capital Monrovia, and mostly privately owned. Before the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, primary attendance rates were 73% for boys and 76% for girls, and at secondary school just 40% for boys and 33% for girls. As Ebola penetrates Sierra Leone and Liberia, these statistics are threatened further, reversing recent educational gains. CHILDREN Children’s futures are threatened due to the disruption and devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak.

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