WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Education Crisis Response program to help the Liberian government restore basic education disrupted by the Ebola outbreak, according to a statement published on the agency's website.
"USAID announced the $18.7 million Education Crisis Response program today to assist the Government of Liberia in restoring basic education in the Ebola-affected country and help return children to school safely," the statement, issued on Wednesday, stated.
The statement noted that the program aims at helping reopen schools in all 15 Ebola-affected counties in Liberia, protect already made education gains and investments, as well as prevent future disruptions in education.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the current Ebola outbreak has the lives of more than 9,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
In Liberia alone, more than 4,400 schools were closed in August 2014, leaving 1.5 million children at home until schools were deemed safe to reopen, the USAID said.
The Ebola epidemic broke out in Guinea in December 2013 and spread to neighbouring states. Ebola cases have also been documented in the United States and Europe.