Struggling after Ebola, Liberian girls miss school to work, sell sex.

1“Ebola saw poverty levels rise significantly at the same time that education was interrupted”

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After Ebola, more girls in Liberia are missing out on school to help their families, while those in education are pressured to have sex or pay bribes for grades or simply to sit exams, a charity said on Monday.

School fees, extra costsCost: The consumption of resources such as labour time, capital, materials, fuels, etc. as the consequence of an action. In economics, all resources are valued at their opportunity cost, which is the value of the most valuable alternative use of the resources. Costs are defi ned in a variety of ... such as uniforms, books and transport, and the need to work to boost family income are forcing many girls to drop out of school or preventing them from getting an education, according to Britain-based Street Child.

“Ebola saw poverty levels rise significantly at the same time that education was interrupted,” Street Child programmes manager Felicia Dahlquist told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The world’s worst Ebola outbreak, which was declared over last year, killed 4,800 Liberians and dragged economic growthIdeally, economic growth is decoupled from energy consumption. This can be achieved through different measures, one of them being energy efficiency or a shift towards less energy intensive sectors, such as services. down from over 8 percent in 2013 to zero in 2015.

“It is difficult to get children back into school … there is an expectation that if children want to go, they have to work evenings and on the weekends to pay the fees,” Dahlquist added.

Four in 10 girls interviewed by Street Child said they could not study after school as they had to work, while two-thirds of those who dropped out of education said it was due to poverty, found a survey of around 1,000 girls in the West African nation.

Many of these girls told the charity that they helped their families to earn money by farming, hawking and trading on the streets and even having sex in return for cash or food.

A quarter of the girls in education said they felt unsafe at school, with some having been sexually harassed by teachers, pressured to pay bribes and subject to corporal punishment.

“Some girls had sex with teachers for grades, or even just to be able to sit their end of term exams,” said Dahlquist.

A quarter of children aged 5 to 14 are out of school in Liberia, with girls the most affected, while the country has the world’s highest proportion of children missing out on primary school – at around two-thirds – according to the United Nations.

“The challenge is to scale it up, but if we can defeat Ebola, it’s not an impossible task to deliver education, clean waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ... and protection for every child in Liberia,” said U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) spokesman Patrick Rose.

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