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BTS - OUR SCHOOL, A TIMELINE OF ITS HISTORY

1958

First mention of the name "Bong Mining School" in an undated newspaper article: "The German-Liberian-Mining Company (DELIMCO) starts a literacy program for 35 workers during working hours." Evangelist Mr. David Kokoli from Zankpiyama starts the literacy work for Kpelle spaeking workers.

1959

Dr. Moritz looks for more teachers for the "literacy program for adult education". Lessons are held at Camp I and Camp Waterfall

March 16th, 1960

As many workers move to the greater Bong Mine area, a so called "school kitchen" (a little kitchen with no chairs, tables nor books) is opened at Camp I.

late 1960

"...Mrs. Miller, principal of the Kpolopele Lutheran Mission at Haindii, was quick to see the...literacy possibilities in this area. (...)On September 8th four men from Germany, the mine site planners, came over to the mission to tell us of their plans to build 1000 cement block houses for the workers as well as 150-200 European houses. They said the town of 20.000 will include a hospital, a church and school buildings. (...) They will furnish the buildings, materials and will pay the teachers. Dr. Moritz, the first pioneer and secretary who laid the foundation of the mine proposed the possibilities of having a school built at Bong Mine." (from a report of the Lutheran Church)

1961

With the construction of Camp II a second "school kitchen" is opened: At first mainly courses for adults are held (literacy work and "Letīs Learn English"). To the end of 1961 the first acceptence of first graders to the new school was made, which now bore the name "Delimco Public School". Mrs Miller functions as "supervisor" of this school.

July 26th, 1961

Consultations with the Minister of Education, Mr. Massaquoi, were held concerning the Liberian laws as to founding a German school. "The Liberian Minister of Education would welcome a development that would lead from a German grammar school to a German high school offering the Abitur within the next years. Otherwise a final exam modell should be established which would allow the pupils to continue their education at one of the local high schools. The school will be granted all the privileges possible in accordance to the Liberian law."

August 29, 1961

from a letter of the German Foreign Ministry to the German Embassy in Monrovia: "The project of founding a German School Association with the goal of establishing a German school in Monrovia is being considered worth of sponsoring. (...) A financial subsidy to the running costs of the School could be granted. (...) The Foreign Ministry could mediate teachers from the German School System. (...) Teaching materials could be offered by the Foreign Ministry."

To be continued...


© Robert W. Kranz (April-2002) 
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