By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas
In an effort to provide more affordable educational services around Liberia, the Catholic Education Secretariat in Liberia has undertaken a major school project in the Banjor Community in the township of Virginia.
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.
In an exclusive interview with GNN-Liberia, he said the three storey building facility comprise of twenty three classes, Science Lab, modern Library, auditorium, an administrative wing, and Priest Residence.
He said the decision to construct its own campus stems from the fact that the school operated over the last ten years from a dwelling place.
Mr. Yates added that the thought 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.
He intimated that funding to build such complex was made possible through the contributions of members of the Church, parents, students and their international donors.
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 noted 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 matured academically.
He disclosed that plans are underway to extend it to 10th grade then later to a full high school to meet the educational needs of thousands of students in the Banjor and surrounding areas in Virginia and even beyond who are desirous of attending a Catholic School.
“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.