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.
The Good Shepherd Academy project arose out of the great need and great dream of children across the Republic of Cameroon.
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
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
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.
“Investing in education is the most cost effective way to drive economic development, improve skills and opportunities for young women and men, to unlock progress on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and to prevent conflict and sustain peace.“
– United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres UN Global Education First Initiative September 2017