Imagine being a parent, teacher, or student, and having ‘Back to School’ time come around only for schools to remain closed? Worse, imagine that being the least of your problems?
The Ebola death toll in Liberia is approaching 3000. But this figure grossly understates the damage that the virus is unleashing on the 99 percent of Liberians who do not have Ebola. Many government health facilities, which often lack adequate protective equipment, have closed. Prices for food and other basic goods have shot up and security has declined as people fear robberies and social unrest.
And even worse, all the schools in the country are closed with no plans to reopen soon, depriving Liberian children of an education and all Liberians of the most critical investment they can make in their future.