Like any growing, expanding, and changing organization, More Than Me is comprised of numerous components. We have our board, supporters, volunteers, Liberia team, US team, and, most importantly, our students.

As we grow, we’re committed to remaining transparent. Right now is an especially exciting time of expansion for us. And you should know about it.

The girls have always been at the center of what we do (and will continue to be as we move forward); but after Ebola, we realized that if the entire education system doesn’t improve, the country will not have the skills necessary to handle another epidemic or crisis.

This summer, Liberia’s Minister of Education asked us to partner with him to rebuild the education infrastructure, starting with 30 government schools across Liberia. Using what we’ve learned at the More Than Me Academy and during Ebola, we will focus on technology, teacher training, healthcare and child protection as our pillars to impact 30,000 children over the next few years. And that is just the beginning!

re:Urgent

So what does rebuilding an education system look like? We think hearing from our team on the ground is the best way to show you. So we started a new blog on Medium to share updates, stories, and perspectives from the field.

This principal is eager to show off his school despite the empty classrooms lacking desks.

Students eager to learn. Even during their summer break. While a full classroom is wonderful, it’s hard to not notice the lack of girls.

Don’t worry, we’ll still have this blog to keep you updated on MTM’s big picture and the happenings at the More Than Me Academy, but the new blog, titled re:Urgent, will focus on in-the-field updates to document what it takes to rebuild an entire education system.

“The story was the same across the country. There were glimmers of hope along the way in the new Ministry of Education model schools being constructed, but the reality was, the majority of schools don’t have what you and I consider basic necessities.”

Laura Smith,  MTM Country Director

A site seen all too often. A piece of wood in place of a chalkboard. That same piece of wood is being used to divide a space meant for one class into a space for 2 classes.

A classroom located in one of the schools on the Ministry’s Liberia tour

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We already have two blog posts from the field, one by Matt von Boecklin, our M&E Manager, and one by Laura Smith, our Country Director. Matt discusses meeting the Minister of Education and the minister’s promotion of More Than Me as an essential role in moving forward. Laura goes into detail about the conditions of public schools in Liberia – small classrooms without chairs, desks, and chalkboards or access to water or sanitation facilities.

Working Together for a Better Liberia

All children in Liberia deserve the right to an education.

Change is a long, hard road, but we know that with the right partnerships and resources, we can improve the Liberian education system. How amazing would it be if future leaders looked to Liberia as the quintessential model of education reform? We believe this can happen, and we hope that you will follow, support, and join us on our journey. #staytuned

For the girls and for Liberia,

The MTM Team