The Salvation Army in Liberia recently officially opened its first polytechnic in the nation’s capital, Monrovia.
Education is a major need in the west African nation, which is rebuilding after years of civil unrest and still recovering from the 2014–15 outbreak of Ebola.
National government statistics estimate that just 47% of the country’s 4.8 million population are literate, with most of Liberia’s children and young people living in communities with little or no opportunity for formal education.
The Salvation Army in Liberia operates 12 primary and secondary schools and a vocational institution covering six of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions.
Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, The Salvation Army’s international secretary for program resources, led the dedication of the institution at the opening ceremony.
“I feel humbled to be the one to officially launch this polytechnic to the service of God for the benefit of humanity in this nation and the world,” the commissioner told attendees.
“It is my anticipation that this new polytechnic will be a place of inspiration and hope for the future of the young people of Liberia.”
Three hundred students are already enrolled, studying for diplomas and associate degrees in a range of disciplines from building construction and electrical engineering to auto mechanics, electronics and computer science. Other courses include teacher training, marketing, procurement and contract management, as well as theology, nursing and human resources management.