The German Branch
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.
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.
"...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)
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
|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)|