Sophie Dennis

Pupil, Liberia

Eleven-year-old Sophie goes to a Bridge Liberia school in Harper, the capital of Maryland County, south-east Liberia. 

Sophie likes that at Bridge Liberia there is an opportunity, “to learn with technology,” she says. Combined with the good teaching, Sophie thinks this is one of the key factors for her improvements in reading.

Sophie says the new learning systems put in place at her school by Bridge Liberia has also made a massive difference. “The teachers are always in class,” she says. However, she’s also been impressed by the new learning materials, pointing out the the school provides a lot of books for pupils. Sophie explains: “I can now follow along,” before adding, “I love the way our teachers are teaching us. Lessons are fun now.”

Pictured: Sophie was one of the stars of our 2018 campaign—#GirlSuperPower—where we gave a voice to the aspirations of young girls in education, who live in some of the most marginalised communities on earth.

Sophie wants to be a nurse, just like her mum. She says her favourite subject is Science because that will help her reach this goal. She says: “My Science teacher teaches a lot of things about biology and how the human body works.” 

When we asked her ‘What does education mean to you?’ She replied: “Education is key for everyone, it is the way to become someone for tomorrow.” Sophie is trying to ensure that her friends understand this too, telling them: “You have to go to school, it is your right.” Sophie’s mum is her biggest advocate, and she can be quite strict when it comes to studying! Sophie’s only allowed to watch TV on Fridays and Saturdays, and must study for the rest of the week.

However, it seems that working hard comes easily to Sophie, because she’s enjoying her school so much. “Last year the teachers did not come to school,” she says, “Today everything is on time and on the board.” For Sophie this has been significant. She concludes, with excitement in her eyes: “I love school now because I am learning to read and write here. I can do anything!”

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