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What is Operation Classroom


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Operation Classroom is a partnership mission with the United Methodist Church in Liberia and Sierra Leone to upgrade the education in UM schools and to provide a more comprehensive health care system.

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What is Operation Classroom

  1. 1. OPERATION CLASSROOM An opportunity to practice your faith and experience spiritual renewal
  2. 2. Through a mission to:
  3. 3. WHY LIBERIA and SIERRA LEONE <ul><li>Embodied both traditions of the United Methodist Church </li></ul><ul><li>EUB – Sierra Leone </li></ul><ul><li>Methodist --Methodist </li></ul><ul><li>Were both English Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Offered opportunities to meet our vision </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE VISION FOR OPERATION CLASSROOM: <ul><li>1. To be a partnership mission program with the Liberia and Sierra Leone Conferences to upgrade the secondary education in selected United Methodist schools. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Upgrading the teachers Our first college graduate
  6. 6. Providing school supplies
  10. 10. 2. And to empower the laity to become more actively involved in mission embracing the concept of hands-on mission and thus assist in renewing the UM Church
  11. 11. IN SIERRA LEONE <ul><li>The conference has over </li></ul><ul><li>300 primary schools and </li></ul><ul><li>30 high schools. </li></ul><ul><li>OC is in partnership with </li></ul><ul><li>12 schools and affiliated </li></ul><ul><li>with 2 other schools. </li></ul>
  12. 12. In Liberia The Conference has 120+ elementary schools and 18 + high schools. OC is in partnership with 7 schools.
  13. 13. The wars brought new needs. To help meet those needs we expanded our original mission Although our primary focus is education
  14. 14. From one program area to five
  15. 15. Academic education is still a major focus in selected United Methodist Schools
  16. 16. OUR GOALS ARE: <ul><li>To develop the school so it becomes self-supporting </li></ul><ul><li>To have the best educational system in Liberia and Sierra Leone </li></ul>
  17. 17. Vocational education and training is a high priority
  18. 18. OUR GOAL <ul><li>To develop a program to train the youth in one more vocations that are related to their community. </li></ul>
  19. 19. To accomplish our goal we: <ul><li>Assist in the development of a viable vocational education/training program </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in teacher training </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in providing equipment and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Supply other resources that are needed </li></ul><ul><li>In some cases pay the vocational teachers until the program becomes more self-sufficient </li></ul>
  20. 20. Operation Doctor – Medical
  21. 21. OPERATION DOCTOR and the UMC General Hospital at Kissy, SL <ul><li>Assist in developing and upgrading specific medical programs (with an emphasis on community based health care) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide continuing education for the staff </li></ul><ul><li>Provide salary support for medical director at Kissy </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in renovating the hospital and constructing a new mother and child hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in providing supplies and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide resources for specific programs – especially the nutrition program </li></ul><ul><li>Provide funds for the Samaritan Fund </li></ul>
  22. 22. OPERATION DOCTOR AND GANTA HOSPITAL, LIBERIA <ul><li>Were more involved in the past than now. We </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted in installing the water system </li></ul><ul><li>Provided a short term administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Sent volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Provided fuel for the generator </li></ul><ul><li>Provided equipment and other supplies </li></ul>
  23. 23. OPERATION DOCTOR AND GANTA HOSPITAL NOW <ul><li>Provides supplies and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships for the nurses school </li></ul><ul><li>Provides some funding </li></ul><ul><li>Assists in promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Provides volunteers </li></ul>
  25. 25. West Africa Trauma Teams (WATTS)
  26. 26. West Africa Trauma Teams (WATTS) OUR MISSION: <ul><li>To train West African pastors, principals, selected church leaders, and teachers in a basic understanding of counseling, so that as they themselves experience healing, they are enabled to assist others in the healing process </li></ul><ul><li>To assist the conferences in providing trained counselors for the schools </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a counseling library in both Liberia and Sierra Leone </li></ul><ul><li>To assist in developing and maintaining counseling centers in Liberia and Sierra Leone </li></ul><ul><li>To provide resources for programs to help the youth in conflict resolution </li></ul>
  27. 27. Hands-on mission experiences
  28. 28. HANDS-ON MISSION EXPERIENCES <ul><li>we have had over 600 people involved in workteams </li></ul><ul><li>We average over 350 persons involved in hands-on mission projects annually. </li></ul><ul><li>We have persons in Liberia and Sierra Leone also involved in hands-on mission projects. </li></ul>
  29. 29. THE CHALLENGE IS BEFORE US 2010 to 2015
  30. 30. GENERAL GOALS FOR EDUCATION <ul><li>Provide college scholarships annually for 6 teachers Sierra Leone and Liberia to attend college locally </li></ul><ul><li>In-service training in science and reading </li></ul><ul><li>Work-Study grants for students </li></ul><ul><li>Make a greater emphasis on English grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the science lab equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide school supplies, equipment, and textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize Spiritual life--Provide Bibles, commentary, devotional books, UM doctrine, and other Christian literature to develop the moral and spiritual life of the teachers and students </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Sports equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Have 5 schools become self supporting and become a partner with 5 new schools </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in the development of village schools in Liberia </li></ul>
  31. 31. A typical classroom scene
  32. 32. Some are classrooms are overcrowded
  33. 33. Chapel is held regularly
  34. 34. VOCATIONAL EDUCATION <ul><li>Vocational classes will include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Arts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drafting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business, Computer, Typing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carpentry/Building trades </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masonry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal Working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soap making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmetology </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. OPERATION DOCTOR/ Kissy <ul><li>Provide in-service training for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Provide salary support of Dr. Dennis Marke </li></ul><ul><li>Assist GBGM and Kissy in the new Mother-child unit </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in development of facilities -- including the urban center </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in development of and funding programs </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in providing supplies, medication and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Help to establish a medical library </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in the college training of nurses and other staff </li></ul>
  36. 36. OPERATION CLASSROOM/GANTA <ul><li>Assist in providing books for the nursing school library </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in providing supplies, medicine and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in developing a more comprehensive health care delivery system </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in training of staff </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to be a channel to send VIM medical persons </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a channel for assisting in the funding of the hospital </li></ul>
  37. 37. WATTS <ul><li>Continue training pastors, teachers and others in a basic understanding of counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the Peal Center and assist in helping it to become basically conference funded or self-supporting </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in helping the schools to underwrite the salary of the counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Assist the Peal Center in providing Palaver Hut training for the youth and the “Children’s for Peace &quot;program </li></ul>
  38. 38. HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITIES <ul><li>Plan 4-6 teams each year </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit special training teams for educational and medical staff </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for individuals in Liberia and Sierra Leone </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize skills of persons in program development </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage local churches and individuals to participate in hands-on projects </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to have volunteers load containers </li></ul><ul><li>Develop packing parties for each school </li></ul>
  39. 39. THE CHALLENGE IS REAL With God all things are possible
  41. 41. WE HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN We are only limited by our vision and resources