The Academy

GoodShepherdSLF is delighted to announce its inaugural project: Building Good Shepherd Academy in Cameroon, West Africa. The mission of Good Shepherd Academy is to establish a co-ed residential secondary/high school for 350 students in Bafut, Cameroon, with an emphasis on academic excellence integrating sustainable agriculture, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. Beginning in 2016 with Forms 1 & 2 (US Grades 6 & 7), this Christian school will enroll students of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Eileen
Eileen, aspiring scientist

The Good Shepherd Academy project arose out of the great need and great dream of children across the Republic of Cameroon.

Their Need…

Each school day involves…

  • walking up to 10 miles or more to and from school
  • fearing kidnap or rape along the way
  • getting soaked to the bone during the rainy season
  • crowding into a classroom with 100 other children
  • standing all day due to a lack of desks
  • being hungry because there is no lunch

Their Dream…

  • living in a residential secondary/high school
  • being safe in a secure, instructive, loving environment
  • learning traditional academic subjects as well as sustainable organic agriculture
  • feeling full physically and spiritually
  • knowing they have a bright future
Andrew
Andrew, aspiring engineer

 

Good Shepherd Academy, which opened in September 2016, provides an outstanding bilingual secondary/high school education that Cameroonian children need not only to survive, but to thrive. The co-ed residential students of Good Shepherd Academy are educated in a safe, secure, and loving environment. Twenty percent of all Good Shepherd Academy students receive a full scholarship, with orphans of Good Shepherd Home in Cameroon receiving first priority.

Education to Build Lives of Economic and Environmental Sustainability

The Academy has been designed with a “green” building structure which provides children with the opportunity to learn about solar power and other renewable forms of energy.

Good Shepherd Academy is subsidized with the proceeds from sustainable farming, blending educational, poverty reduction, and food security missions.

Girls in GSSLF uniforms at playing

“Education is much more than an entry to the job market. It has the power to shape a sustainable future and better world. Together, we can empower individuals to transform our world.

– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
September 2013 on the UN Global Education First Initiative

For more information about Education in Cameroon and the Need for GSA go to Frequently Asked Questions.