New Alliance School Opens in Burkina Faso

Updated: March 26, 2015

The new Maranatha Elementary School began classes this week in Burkina Faso’s second largest city, Bobo-Dioulasso. The school’s opening is the culmination of lots of work and an answer to many prayers, report Alliance people in that city.

“A door has opened to us,” said Alliance missionary Esther Schaeffer, who was instrumental in the school’s establishment. “The Christian elementary school is a much-needed addition to Maranatha High School, where enrollment is at capacity.”

Approximately 85 percent of Burkina Faso’s population is illiterate. “Education is not free, and the people are poor,” Esther observed. “The student/teacher ratio is about 100 or more students to one teacher. In addition, less than 5 percent of the Burkinabé people know Christ as Lord.”

Due to its reputation for providing a quality education, a number of national and expatriate parents enroll their children at Maranatha High School. “Approximately 60 percent of the students are unchurched, and well over 100 students come to Christ each year,” Esther said.

“Christian schools are one means through which we can fulfill Jesus’command to go and make disciples.”


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