After the fifteen years of civil unrest that hit every sector of Liberia, the issue of quality education remains one of the major challenges confronting the government of Liberia and even some nongovernmental organizations operating in the country.
But since the coming of The Salvation Army in Liberia, things are said to be changing gradually in the educational sector along with other mission schools in Liberia.
This was clearly demonstrated on Thursday November 22, 2018 in the commercial district of Red-light, Paynesville, where The Salvation Army operates one of its biggest schools, when the school system dedicated a modern Science laboratory for students of the William Booth High School.
Speaking on Thursday during the dedicatory ceremony, the International Secretary for Program Resources, Commissioner Birgitte Brekke Clifton cautioned students of the William Booth High school to wisely use the materials provided for them.
According to commissioner Clifton, she is here in Liberia under the directive of the General of the Salvation Army based in London at the International Headquarters.
She stressed that the modern Laboratory facility is a blessing for the Salvation Army School System and the country at large, adding that it should be used to make students create more interest in the sciences for better Liberia.
The Salvation Army International Secretary for Program Resources admitted that she is pleased with the work of the Salvation Army in Liberia, especially the school system under the leadership of Director David S. Massaquoi Sr.
Also speaking, the head of Mission of the Salvation Army Liberia and Sierra Leone Command, Lt. Col. Samuel Mkami challenged students of the school to take good care of the lab.
The Officer Commanding of the Salvation Army Liberia and Sierra Leone Command warned students not to take away the materials brought into the school saying “these equipment do not have legs or hands to walk away from the lab, any disappearance of one piece will be miracle” the Head of mission concluded.
At the same time, the Director of Education of the Salvation Army Liberia and Sierra Lone Command David S. Massaquoi Sr. disclosed that the money for the equipment was made available by other Salvationists (Members).
The Salvation Army Director of Education also praised the government of Liberia and then under the Administration of President Ellen Johnson for the level of assistance the school received at the time the entire campus was burnt down by unknown people.
Director Massaquoi Sr. further disclosed that the materials were bought from neighboring country Sierra Leone valued at about sixty-one thousand United States Dollars.
The Salvation Army Liberia command is one of the fastest growing mission schools in Liberia which entered the country during the start of the Liberian civil conflict in 1989, since then, it has been impacting the lives of Liberians in all directions ranging from spreading the gospel, opening schools, and medical clinics amongst many others.