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Liberian Schools Affected By Ebola Receive 700,000 Education Kits

Students stand in line before heading to their classrooms at Don Bosco High School in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Februa
Students stand in line before heading to their classrooms at Don Bosco High School in the Liberian capital Monrovia on February 16, 2015. Children trickled back to school in Liberia after the restart of lessons that had been delayed for months by the deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country begins to turn the page on the crisis. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of Liberian schools are being given educational tools in an effort to bolster post-Ebola recovery efforts, UNICEF reported on Monday.

The organization began distributing 700,000 learning and teaching kits to 4,460 schools across the West African country this week, the group said in a statement.

The learning kits contain items like pencils, notebooks, geometry sets and school bags, while the teaching kits hold several resources to aid instructors, such as chalk, poster sheets, markers, folders and lesson plan books.

“Every child in Liberia needs to have an equal opportunity to education," George K. Werner, Liberia’s minister of education said in the statement. He also thanked the U.S. Agency for International Development, which funded UNICEF's provision of the kits. "Our goal is to create an enabling environment for children to go to school, engage in educational activity and realize their full potential.”

Liberia is on the mend after enduring what's been deemed the world's worst Ebola outbreak. The country -- which lost about 4,700 people to the deadly virus, according to the World Health Organization -- was declared Ebola-free in May, The New York Times reported.

So far, it's the only one out of the three hardest-hit nations to achieve the status. Although they've experienced significant progress in reducing the number of new infections since the peak of the outbreak, Guinea and Sierra Leone have yet to become Ebola-free.

Last Saturday, the presidents of both countries extended their health emergency statuses to at least the end of this month "given the persistence of the epidemic," according to AFP.

In Liberia, the learning kits signal a positive step toward full recovery.

More than 1 million Liberian children were affected by school closings during the epidemic, as noted by UNICEF representative Sheldon Yett. After the humanitarian group provided infection prevention and control kits to help those schools reopen, the learning kits are a welcomed next step in moving forward.

"We are providing these materials to assist students and teachers to teach and learn effectively using basic resources," Yett explained. "So that children become productive citizens and future leaders of Liberia."

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  • Bindu Quaye poses for photos with flower girls before her wedding reception on Jan. 24, 2015 in Monrovia, Liberia. Like many
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    Bindu Quaye poses for photos with flower girls before her wedding reception on Jan. 24, 2015 in Monrovia, Liberia. Like many couples, Quaye and her groom, Clarence Murvee, waited until the worst of the Ebola epidemic had passed before scheduling their wedding. In order to control the outbreak, the government and international aid agencies discouraged public gatherings and physical touching. With Ebola cases now in single digits nationwide, people have begun to return to normal life.
  • Youth play soccer on 'Miami Beach' in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 25, 2015.
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    Youth play soccer on 'Miami Beach' in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 25, 2015.
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    A congregation prays during a Sunday service at the Bethel World Outreach Church in the West Point township in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 25, 2015.
  • Liberians socialize on 'Miami Beach' in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 25, 2015.
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    Liberians socialize on 'Miami Beach' in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 25, 2015.
  • A boy climbs aboard a fishing boat docked in the West Point township in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 24, 2015.
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    A boy climbs aboard a fishing boat docked in the West Point township in Monrovia, Liberia on Jan. 24, 2015.
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    Lawmakers and guests gather to hear Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf deliver her State of the Nation address to a joint session of the Liberian legislature in Monrovia on Jan. 26, 2015. Sirleaf lauded Liberia's efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic, noting that the country currently only has five confirmed cases of the virus nationwide.
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    Liberian police hold hands to form a human chain while waiting for Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to emerge from the national legislature building in Monrovia on Jan. 26, 2015.
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    Students wait to register at Tubman High School in Monrovia on Jan. 27, 2015.
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    Ebola survivor Jessy Amos, 45, now an employee of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), watches after setting fire to part of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville, Liberia, on Jan. 26, 2015. MSF, which was one of the first aid organizations to respond to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, is destroying much of the ELWA 3 high-risk treatment area in light of recent gains in eradicating the disease. In addition, other aid organizations have built ETUs, creating more bed space for Ebola victims around the capital of Monrovia.
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    Health workers from MSF stand during prayers before the burning of a section of their Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • UNICEF workers assemble 'school infection prevention kits' in Monrovia to stop the spread of Ebola in schools on Jan. 28, 201
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    UNICEF workers assemble 'school infection prevention kits' in Monrovia to stop the spread of Ebola in schools on Jan. 28, 2015.
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    A Liberian Red Cross burial team in Ebola protectant clothing collects the body of a toddler from a home in the West Point township in Monrovia on Jan. 28, 2015.
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    A grave digger works in a cemetery for 'safe burials' in Disco Hill, Liberia on Jan. 27, 2015. The cemetery, operated by USAID-funded Global Communities, has buried almost 300 people in its first month of operation, with increasingly fewer of the bodies coming from Ebola Treatment Units, as infection rates decline. The cemetery, where burial team members wear protective clothing, has been seen in Monrovia as a major achievement, as families of deceased loved ones are permitted to view the burials, important in Liberian culture. In an effort to control the Ebola epidemic in 2014, the Liberian government had ordered the cremation of all deceased in the capital, often further traumatizing surviving family members and unintentionally encouraging many families to hide their dead for secret burials.
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