The Academy

GoodShepherdSLF has completed Phase II construction of Good Shepherd Academy in Cameroon, West Africa. A co-ed residential secondary/high school currently for 100 students in Bafut, Cameroon, the Academy has an emphasis on academic excellence integrating sustainable agriculture, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. When the campus is complete, 350 students will be served. Good Shepherd Academy opened with Forms 1 & 2 (US Grades 6 & 7) in September 2016. This Christian school enrolls 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

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

 

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