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Open Access Thesis


Despite the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement calling the end to Liberia’s back-to-back civil wars in 2003, Liberia’s peace remains fragile with a high number of out of school children, especially in rural communities. As an indicator of state fragility, rural education needs to be a priority in post-conflict reconstruction. This thesis emerged to support the nongovernmental organization, Supporting Programs in Community Empowerment (SPICE), an emerging Liberian-based nongovernmental organization.

The methodologies for this action research project was a needs assessment, which resulted in the development of the Needs Assessment Report: Paving the Way for the Future of Liberian Children. Through open-ended interviews of governmental and nongovernmental organization leaders and community forums held at rural schools, the needs assessment identified programming goals, objectives, and strategies for SPICE's programming. This thesis reviews a brief history of Liberia as a fragile state; needs assessment methodologies; and the development of SPICE's programming with an emphasis on the development of the Child-Centered Social-Ecological Model for Postconflict Reconstruction.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Applied Human Sciences


Women's and Gender Studies Program

First Advisor

Dr. Annette Lynch, Chair, Thesis Committee

Object Description

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