By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas
In an effort to provide conducive learning atmosphere for Liberia’s future leaders and students throughout the country, the Catholic Education Secretariat in Liberia has undertaken a major school project in the township Virginia, specifically the Banjor Community.
The project according to the Principal of the Queen of Peace Catholic School Ted Yates is an indication that providing quality education remains at the heart of the Catholic Church in Liberia.
Speaking with the GNN-Liberia in an exclusive interview, Mr. Yates said the three storey building facility comprising of twenty three classes, Science Lab, modern Library, auditorium, an administrative wing, and Priest Residence is purposely been constructed by the Catholic Education Secretariat in order to ease the overcrowdings of some schools in the community.
He said the decision to construct this campus stem from the fact that the school has over the years been operating in a dwelling place, noting “The old structure did not represent the Catholic Church and could no longer contain the growing student population,” Mr. Yates told our reporter.
Mr. Yates added that the idea to construct a new school was also prompted by the parents and guardians who advocated that the pupils be relocated to a more convenient leaning environment.
According to Mr. Yates, the new building will now hold forty five students per class with adequate space to ensure independent academic work, saying the word Catholic is a brand where those passing through its walls come out with academic distinction.
The Queen of Peace Principal said for now the standard of the school is Junior High, while assuring parents and students of quality education as has always been demonstrated by the output of students it natured academically.
He disclosed that plans are underway to extend it to 10th grade, and then later to a full high school status in order to adequately meet up with the educational needs of thousands of students in the Banjor and its surrounding areas.
“Such extension of the school will depend on the recruitment of trained and qualified teachers as well as provision of necessary educational materials to meet the standard,” Mr. Yates averred.
He commended the church, Arch Bishop of the Monrovia Diocese, Bishop Lewis Jerome Ziegler and donors for their support, noting the project is at his heart as evident by frequent visits to see the level of progress been made on the project.
The new Queen of Peace Catholic Junior High School situated just a stone throw from the St. Paul Catholic Church when completed will be the only Catholic High School on the right bank.
Also speaking with our reporter some parents and students expressed delight that their dream is gradually coming to a reality after years of stay in a dwelling.
They lauded the Catholic Church for its farsightedness making specific reference to Arch Bishop Lewis Jerome Ziegler and partners for their continuous support to ensure that such space is provided to educate the children of Liberia.
The parents and students then pledged renewed commitment, financial and material support to the project in making sure it becomes a hundred percent reality.
Academic 2016/2017 has since commenced on the ground floor of the new structure while construction work continues.