* Located on the West coast of Africa
* Official name: Republic of Liberia
* Capital: Monrovia (named after James Monroe- US President)
* Independence: July 26, 1847
* Geography: Mostly flat to rolling plains and low mountains.
* Hot equatorial climate, with significant rainfall during the May to October
* English is the official language, while 30+ indigenous languages are spoken
* Government: Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic.
* The government of Liberia is modeled after the United States government
* Liberia was founded in 1822 by former slaves with the help of the American Colonization Society.
* Liberia imports 90% of its rice, a staple food, and is extremely vulnerable to food shortages.
* Liberia was a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, now called the African Union.
EDUCATION IN LIBERIA
* As of 2013, the literacy rate in Liberia is still under 60% (with a higher percentage for males).
* Primary and secondary education is free and compulsory from ages 6-16, though there is minimal enforcement of attendance.
* On average, children attain 10 years of education (11 years for boys and 8 for girls)
* The country’s education sector is hampered by inadequate schools and supplies, as well as a lack of qualified teachers.
* The University of Liberia is the country’s largest and oldest university, opened in 1862 and today has six colleges, including a medical school and the nation’s only law school.