The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved an International Development Association (IDA) grant of 47 million dollars for the Improving Results in Secondary Education (IRISE) project in Liberia.
The IRISE project will focus on improving the quality of secondary education services by increasing accessibility to and completion of senior secondary education, especially for adolescent girls.
It will help upgrade the quality of the teaching workforce, make textbooks more accessible to students and provide opportunities for learning digital skills.
Given the high incidence of violence perpetrated in and around schools, the project will also address and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) by engaging schools and local communities to ensure a
safer and more supportive schooling environment.
“This project is aligned with the Bank’s Country Partnership Framework and Liberia’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, which identify Human Capital Development goals for the vulnerable in society.
“I am glad that young people, particularly girls, have been targeted to benefit from quality secondary education and skills development,” said World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Larisa Leshchenko.
“The IRISE project takes a system approach to address critical foundational issues and challenges facing the secondary education level in the country. Secondary education is linked to the labour
market and enables individuals’ further learning to become productive, engaged citizens in society.
“This IDA investment will support Liberia to strengthen education system capacity at the secondary level, furthering the human development agenda set out by the government for Liberia’s socioeconomic advancement,” according to Co-Task Team Leaders Xiaonan Cao and Oni Lusk-Stover.
Key components of this project include improving access and the learning environment at the senior secondary level through school construction and expansion, school rehabilitation and renovation with a community empowerment approach; and increasing opportunities for girls to transition to and complete senior secondary education.
Under this component, scholarships will be provided to girls in counties with the highest female dropout rates at the senior secondary level, according to a World Bank release issued on Wednesday, 3 July 2019.
It said four counties with the highest female dropout rates at the senior secondary level– Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa and Sinoe – have been targeted for the Girls’ Education Scholarship Program.