Education Advancement

Bridging the opportunities gap

Quick Facts

2019 Recruitment ongoing.

New Application Opens

May 24, 2018

Application Closes

June 24, 2018



The Education Advancement Track is a gap-year program that prepares top performing high school students with demonstrated service to community for quality educational opportunities online and/or overseas.

Four Program Components

Entrepreneurship and Leadership

College Prep

Global Mindset Development

Job Readiness and Internships

Acquire the Skills to Impact Liberia

Our program focuses on providing young leaders the platform to acquire quality education with a fundamental goal of making a difference in the lives of others here in Liberia and beyond.

Klon Hinneh

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Klon is one of the first few students who joined us as a volunteer in 2012. Passionate about STEM education, Klon took advantage of every opportunity to develop his passion into something that impacts others. From developing curriculums, to teaching Chemistry in the classroom; improving his Excel and communication skills, we worked with Klon in several areas to advance his passion. Klon is currently pursuing his masters at the prestigious Kyoto University in Japan and is poised to return home to improve STEM programs for other young people.

Cherno Diallo

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Growing up, my thirst for quality education was as vital as the need for drinking water. Luckily, along with this journey, appeared to me from nowhere was SMART Liberia – an organization committed to empowering a generation that will lift Liberia into a prosperous future. Subsequently, SMART Liberia fueled next course that gets me going all along.

On the final day of a workshop through a good friend’s invitation which I’m grateful of; a facilitator who I knew from nowhere walked to me and said “You look interesting and promising, here is my number. Can you go to my office tomorrow? While at the office he got me informed about the African Leadership Academy. As he promised, I received every support one could need for such a rigorous application. Later on, I got to know that he serves as the Director of SMART Liberia – the organization I personally feel became a breakthrough in my life and smoothly enhanced my academics sojourn. With God above all, SMART Liberia enabled me to join a community of thoughtful and dedicated change-makers – The African Leadership Academy – that challenges my thought and motivates me on a daily basis.

Sekou Jabateh

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Sekou Jabateh, 18, graduated valedictorian from Muslim Congress High School. Sekou was the first Liberian student to participate in the Yale Young African Scholars Program. He wants to study Business Administration and Leadership. He plans to lift Liberia by creating businesses and an incubation platform for young people. Through the Lift Liberia Scholars Program, Sekou is on track to be the first in his family to attend college. He will be joining other students at NYU Abu Dhabi this Fall on a full scholarship.

Passionate about using your education to solve Liberia’s problems?