It’s really cool being a smart girl!
Launched in 2015, Sexy-Like-A-Book is a Martha Juah Educational Foundation initiative, designed to inspire young women and girls to improve their perspective on reading, literacy, and education.
With 61 million girls out of school globally, the need to create educational programs, opportunities, and spaces that engage and support girls along their educational journey is more critical now than ever.
Sexy-Like-A-Book helps in combating the high rate of illiteracy in Liberia, by cultivating a culture of reading that transcends the classrooms, and motivates girls to be intelligent, poised, creative and assertive visionaries, who contribute to their communities and the world.
Since its founding, we’ve gone on to launch the Annual Sexy-Like-A-Book Poetry Competition for Liberian Girls, to encourage young girls to write and tell their stories their way. The winners and finalists of the competition receive mentorship, publication in our annual Sexy-Like-A-Book anthology, and are awarded academic prizes. They will each serve as contributors to the writing column of our newly launched Sexy-Like-A-Book website.
We’ve published Sexy-Like-A-Book, Book One – Enchanting Voices, an anthology of poems written by the winners and finalists of the 1st Annual Sexy-Like-A-Book Poetry Competition for Liberian Girls, courtesy of Village Tales Publishing. We intend to publish one anthology from this competition every year, for as long as the competition exists.
We’ve also hosted our 1st Annual Books, Cupcakes & Conversations event, Martha Juah Educational Foundation’s premier literary event, celebrating progress in the literary and educational sectors of Liberia, while highlighting challenges, and discussing the way forward. We’ve held our Mentorship Meet-ups and Young Writers’ Workshop, and also launched an online World Book Day campaign, aimed at igniting a passion for reading and storytelling amongst young Liberian girls and women.
Our ongoing projects include; the Annual Sexy-Like-A-Book Poetry Competition for Liberian Girls, Sexy-Like-A-Book’s Enchanting Voices Anthology, Books, Cupcakes & Conversations, Sexy-Like-A-Book’s Mentorship Meet-Ups and Sexy-Like-A-Book’s Young Writers’ Workshop; with several others to launch later this year.
Bringing young girls under our wings and sharing our path and experiences with them, is a wonderful blessing. We encourage you to join us to inspire them to dream big and strive to achieve the unimaginable, in spite of societal and cultural limitations.
This book is dedicated to all young girls across Liberia, who continue to dream and keep the flames of their dreams alive, in spite of all the challenges of life in Liberia today, this book is for you. We see you and celebrate you.
Enchanting Voices echoes stories of a Liberia that could be but struggles in the now. It echoes stories of hope and dreams; of courage and resilience; of possibilities and a future waiting to bloom.
The collection is a poetic celebration of youth, innocence, joy, and emergence from a place of despair to one of progress and fulfilled dreams, if Liberians stay on the path of development, change their mindsets, and value Liberia for the true treasure that she is
100% of the proceeds from this book will go towards scaling up efforts and providing scholarships and educational resources to Liberian girls, particularly those in rural communities.
Sexy-Like-A-Book remains committed to combating the high rate of illiteracy in Liberia (52.4 %), through a holistic approach that engages girls, beyond the classrooms, harnessing their inborn talents, through mentorship, writing, public speaking, etiquette courses and community service. The overall goal is to equip them to meaningfully contribute to their communities and be active participants in decision-making on issues concerning their well-being.