Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Women of the Monrovia District Conference, United Methodist Church on Saturday 18, 2012 dedicated eight classrooms school in Mount Barclay outside of Monrovia. According to the District Superintendent, Rev. Jerry P. Kulah, the school was constructed to provide educational opportunity for the children of the Mount Barclay community, especially girls. “The school project is the Monrovia District Women way of helping to fulfill the mission and vision of the general United Methodist Church in Liberia” Rev. Kulah said. “The eight classrooms school was constructed by the Monrovia District Women in partnership with the Women of Oak Grove United Methodist Church of Decatur, Georgia in the United States of America” the UMC Clergyman added.
Also speaking at the dedication program, Rev. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop of the Liberia Area, United Methodist Church hailed the visionary sense of the Monrovia District Women and praised them for their commitment to ensure that girls are provided the opportunity to go to school. He called on parents of the community to make sure that their children will take advantage of the opportunity provided them. The UMC Bishop said, “the ability of the women to build the school is in itself a service to the future leaders of the country.” “You have redeemed the people of Mount Barclay, especially the children from darkness to light” Bishop Innis concluded. He further pledged his support to the Women of the Monrovia District Conference.
Speaking further, the USA based partners; Zoe Hicks and Madge Watson said, “the dedication of the school was a dream comes true.” “The school will not only provide the children with education, it will also teach them the value of education,” the partners said. “The vision of the school is to remove girls from the streets,” they added. Zoe Hicks and Madge Watson represent the women and the entire membership of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in this partnership.
The school which is to be called “New Hope United Methodist Women Elementary School” has eight class rooms, offices for the principal and vice principal, the secretary and registrar. The 8,700 sq. ft. building is also equipped with teachers’ launch and modern bathroom facilities. The school cost over US$100,000.00 and it is expected to be fully operational in September 2012.
Meanwhile, the Monrovia District Conference Women and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church have committed themselves through this partnership to construct dormitory and hostel by the year 2015.