By the grace of God, in November of 2012, we were able to purchased 5 acres of land in this strategic part of the country primarily to be used as a center for educational opportunity, capacity building, heath care provision, mental, spiritual and infrastructural development for the suffering people of this county.
The first phase of this piece of project is the academic section. This new school will run from Nursery through grade 12. The school is called Alexandria A. Andrews Academy. And it is expected to be launched opened by the next academic year in Liberia which begins in September of 2013 .
Currently, we have finished with the junior and high school buildings and we are working towards completing the Nursery and Elementary school buildings. Please continue to pray for the successful completion of the third building as well as the administrative and auditorium buildings.
We are very excited about what God is doing at this moment in this place! And we are anxiously looking forward to working with the strong and determined people of this great county in moving Liberia forward in the right direction.
This entire new facility is called the New Breed Center. When fully completed, will be providing the following programs:
- Leadership Training (model after Christ)
- Vision Casting
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Vocational Training, etc.
From our current pre-registration, we now have 1,500 students who are excited and anxiously waiting to start coming to school in September. They can't wait and the world can't wait!
In my opinion, education is the one only true gift that we can ever give to the children of today who are the future leaders of tomorrow. The reason being that, no one can steal, or rob them off that gift. Even when they die, they die with their gift and take it with them forever!
We are thrilled and very thankful to our dear friends, family members in Christ and partners in progress from the great county of Rockwall in the State of Texas USA for helping to bring hope through this incredible development and educational opportunity to the struggling people in this part of the world.
We are very grateful for everything you have done for us thus far! May God continue to bless you beyond human comprehension as you continue to use your life and resources to meet the needs of the disadvantage in our midst.
Some Facts About Liberia's Educational Crisis:
Liberia is the 2nd poorest country in the world. And She has one of the highest illiteracy rates as well. The Liberian Illiteracy rate is about 80%. With an estimated population of three and the half million people, this means that four out of five Liberians cannot read or write. The cost of education is expensive in Liberia. School tuition in most high schools is about $100 which averages out to be $9 per month. However due the 85% unemployment rate in Liberia, most parents or families cannot afford to send their children to school as the war average Liberian family earns less than $1 USD a day.
Educational opportunity for every Liberian child, is extremely important to the development of the future of that individual in particular and to the future of the country at large. This is simply because, education plays a key role in fighting and reducing poverty as well as child labor out of our world. That's the reason why we at Change Agent Network, eight years ago, decided to get involved with providing educational opportunities to the children of Liberia. Our goal is to reach all 16 counties of the country with qualitative and affordable educational programs to as many Liberians as we possibly can within the next five years.
Gbarnga is the capital city of Bong County, Liberia, lying north east of Monrovia. Bong County is one of the over 13 political subdivisions of Liberia known as counties. During the First Liberian Civil War, it was the base for Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia. Cuttington College lies near the town and its campus was once home to the Africana Museum, now destroyed.
As of the 2008 census, Gbarnga has a population of 34,046. Of this: 16,080 were male and 17,966 female; it is the fourth most populous urban area in Liberia.
Gbarnga is the hometown of Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.
The town is twinned with Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States.