Global Playground is pleased to announce a new partnership with Monrovia Football Academy (MFA) of Monrovia, Liberia.
Since the Academy's establishment in 2015, the students have been attending school and football practice in shared school and public field grounds.
What are we building?
Global Playground is donating $20,500 to supplement the extensive building of the Academy's permanent grounds. These funds will go directly toward the construction of MFA's "Technology Hub." Construction will begin in September 2019. The new facility will be able to serve 160 students, ages 8-18. The Academy strives for inclusivity and equal opportunity, aiming to maintain a 1:1 girl-to-boy ratio.
Who are we serving?
Selected students, both boys and girls, are chartered from all 15 counties of Liberia to attend the Academy. MFA's mission is to unite the Liberians and promote a strong national identity among the country's youth over a shared love of football. Global Playground will further this organization's mission of gender parity and academic excellence by expanding cross-cultural dialogue to a global level.
Why did we partner?
According to MFA's pilot impact study:
- Academic Impact: Between June 2016 - July 2017, Academy students improved performance on standardized exams by 12 percentage points more than the control group.
- Improved Attitudes Toward Gender: Academy students were 46% more likely than the control group to say that girls are as smart as boys. Academy students were also 59% more likely than the control group to say girls can play football as well as boys.
- Pride in Liberian Identity: Academy students were significantly more likely than the control group to describe themselves as proud to be Liberian.
"Work Hard. Be a Leader. Dream BIG."
- MFA Scholar motto
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