14 years of civil war in Liberia has had a devastating impact on children. Virtually nothing of the education system remains as the majority of schools in the country were destroyed and teachers were displaced.
Many children have not had access to education and are now too old to return to primary school. Former child soldiers face being excluded from education as teachers fear they will disrupt lessons. Girls' education has been especially affected. Rape and sexual violence were frequently used as weapons of war and, coupled with a tradition for early marriage, there are now a large number of young mothers who are unable to go to school.