New School Brings New Hope to Liberia

New School Brings New Hope
to Mount Barclay Community, Liberia

Liberia’s newest school began classes this week. The New Hope United Methodist Women Elementary School in Mount Barclay officially opened for the academic year yesterday, September 10, 2012.

Pictured are two young children raising the flag to begin the first day of classes. As the Lone Star of Liberia waves in the breeze more than one hundred children from the community proceed to their new classrooms and eagerly engage their new day of learning.

“This is a hopeful sign for the parents of the Mount Barclay community. We want to link parents with the Monrovia District Women in removing the children, especially girls from the streets,” Madam Margretta Sieh, Principal, stated. The eight classroom school was constructed to provide educational opportunities for the children of the Mount Barclay community. Classes begin with one hundred and five students enrolled. The institution, though new, is helping parents get kids off the streets.

“You might be the next president of Liberia or a doctor saving lives, or a teacher shaping minds of the children of Liberia,” said the Rev. Dr. Jerry P. Kulah as he encouraged the students begining classes. Rev. Kulah, District Superintendent of the Monrovia District Conference, called on the students to look up to God as they go through their lessons. Speaking on the theme, “Your Future is in God’s Mighty Hands,” Rev. Kulah said the school is a fulfillment of the mission and vision of the  United Methodist Church in Liberia. The United Methodist Church has a long history of education beginning with the College of West Africa in Monrovia. He urged the students to take their lessons seriously and added, “You are the future of Liberia and the world.”

“The children of Liberia thank the United Methodist Women of Decatur, Georgia for your help in providing an educational opportunity for our community,” the Monrovia District United Methodist Women’s president said. Thanking the Oak Grove United Methodist Church of Decatur, Georgia in the United States of America for their partnership with Liberia, the women’s president praised Zoe M. Hicks and Madge Watson for their role in coordinating the partnership between the two women’s groups.

The New Hope United Methodist Women Elementary School was dedicated on February 18, 2012 by the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Bishop of the Liberia area of the United Methodist Church. The school has eight classrooms, offices for the principal and vice principal, the secretary and registrar. The building is also equipped with teachers’ lounge and modern bathroom facilities. The school cost about US$100,000. This new school brings to eighty-one the number of United Methodist Schools in Liberia.

Children on the first day of school at New Hope.

Link to location of Mount Barclay on Google Earth

Link to location of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Decatur, Georgia


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