Since the arrival of missionaries, education has become a priority in the work of the church in many African nations. In Sierra Leone and Liberia, the church has always been a leader in education, viewing it as an evangelistic outreach. All their students participate in Bible classes and chapel services. Many also join after-school Bible clubs. Without the schools promoted by the church in these two West African countries, little formal education would take place.

Vocational education also is a rapidly increasing priority in the schools. In Sierra Leone vocational education is mandatory.

SIERRA LEONE

The United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone has 206 primary schools and 22 secondary schools. Here the school curriculum is based on the British system. An A-B-C school is equivalent to our nursery school and kindergarten. Primary school is equivalent to our grades 1 through 6. Junior secondary school is equivalent to our grades 7 through 9. Senior secondary school is equivalent to our grades 10 through 12. Operation Classroom is currently in partnership with 10 of these secondary schools and one primary school.

Operation Classroom is in partnership with seven junior-senior secondary schools.

Here are the OC partner schools. All these projects are Advance Specials (number in parentheses).

Albert Academy (09238M) a boys' school, is located in Freetown. The school was established in 1904, with six students and was named after American missionary the Rev. E. Albert. Its current student body is nearly 2,700 students with a staff of 126. It is one of the most successful institutions of learning in Sierra Leone. Albert Academy is in partnership with the Evansville and New Albany Districts.

Baoma Secondary School (11698N) is located in the Koya chiefdom in the Eastern District, and is 175 miles from Freetown. The school has 750 students and a faculty of 38 teachers. The school emphasizes self-help and is in partnership with the Muncie and Rushville Districts.

Fergusson Memorial School (12612B) is located 120 miles southeast of Freetown. Fergusson is a boys' school, with an enrollment of 450 students and a staff of 28. It has a strong science program and is developing a vital vocational program. It is in partnership with the Terre Haute and Vincennes Districts.

Bo Centenary Secondary School (12607 A) is located in Bo, the second-largest city in Sierra Leone, and the administrative center of the Southern providence. The school has an enrollment of 750. Bo Centenary is in partnership with the Kokomo District.

Koidu Secondary School (11698 N) is located 225 miles from Freetown in the diamond mining area on the edge of Koidu Town. Many of the buildings were badly damaged and some destroyed during the recent war. The school has a current enrollment of more than 1,700 students, and is in partnership with the Marion District.

Taiama Secondary School (OC General Sierra Leone 12922A/Taiama) is part of a historic United Methodist complex at Taiama about 30 miles from Bo. It was among the first mission stations established by the Evangelical United Brethren Church at the turn of the 20th century. Taiama Secondary has an enrollment of nearly 500 students and emphasizes vocational education. This school is in partnership with the Indianapolis West District.

Makeni Secondary School (11976N) is located in the capital of the Northern Province. Operation Classroom/Indiana built the junior secondary building during the war and Operation Classroom/Rocky Mountain Conference constructed the senior secondary building. OC Missions/Minnesota built a new primary building. The Secondary Schools have a total enrollment of more than 350 students. The enrollment of the primary school is approximately 700 students.

Operation Classroom is in partnership with three junior secondary schools.

Freetown UM Girls School (14540A) is located on Circular Drive in Freetown. The school opened in 2001 with 500 girls and has a current enrollment of 1,300 students. It is the only United Methodist girls' school in Freetown, and is in partnership with the Bloomington District.

Fakunya Agricultural and Vocational School (14539 A) is located near Moyamba in the chiefdom of Gandorhun. It became a United Methodist school in 2001, and has a current enrollment of 400. The school's major emphasis is vocational education, specializing in community and self help. It is in partnership with the Columbus District.

Mokanji Agricultural and Vocational School (14542 A) is located on the edge of Mokanji Hills, 40 miles southeast of Moyamba in the Lower Banta Chiefdom. It has one seven-classroom building and an enrollment of around 350 students. Mokanji is in partnership with the Huntington District.

Operation Classroom is in partnership with one primary school

The Brown Memorial Primary School is located on the Kissy Compound (called the Urban Center) in Freetown. It is related to the Brown United Methodist Church and has an enrollment of 600 students. Operation Classroom was asked to become a partner with the school so the Kissy Hospital could be expanded. Carmel UMC is in a special partnership with the Brown Memorial Primary School.

LIBERIA

The United Methodist Church of Liberia has

  • 93 elementary schools

  • 22 junior high schools

  • 11 senior high schools

The schools follow the American system.

Operation Classroom Indiana is in partnership with five schools

College of West Africa (10230N) is the oldest school in Liberia and is located in downtown Monrovia. It has the reputation of being one of Liberia's premier high schools and has a current enrollment of 450 (Grades 10-12). Home economics, drafting, computer science and business are the major vocational programs at CWA. It is in partnership with the Fort Wayne District.

W. T. V. Tubman-Gray School (10231A) is a K-12 school and is located in Gbarnga, the city that became the headquarters of President Charles Taylor during the civil war. Tubman-Gray has an enrollment of more than 750 students, and is in partnership with the Calumet and Lafayette Districts.

Ganta United Methodist School (10234A) is a K-12 school and is located on the Ganta Mission Station in Nimba County. Its enrollment is currently 900 students. Ganta has a strong vocational program, including an excellent computer science program and is in partnership with the Michiana District.

W.P.L. Brumskine School (10233N) is a K-12 school and is located on the coast south of Monrovia in Buchanan. It has an enrollment of 450 students. Brumskine is in partnership with the Indianapolis East District.

St. Matthew's UM School (12829A) is a K-12 school, located in a high-density poverty suburb of Monrovia. The present building was built during the civil war. It has a current enrollment of more than 900 students and is in partnership with the Warsaw District.

Operation Classroom also is related to the Henri Dennis School, JJ Roberts School, Tappita Secondary, Kapain Elementary School, Samuel Ziah UM School and the JJ Morris School. Other conferences and Volunteer-In-Mission teams are or have been in partnership with these schools.