The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Borotou-Koro inaugurates its primary school.
Borotou-Koro Adventist Church inaugurated its first primary school on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the presence of administrative, traditional and religious authorities.
Indeed, the sugar complex of Borotou-Koro has just acquired a primary school for the happiness of parents and their children. This town, 800 kilometers away from Abidjan, the economic capital city of Côte d’Ivoire, and located in the North-West, in the Bafing region, witnessed a day of unprecedented joy. Despite this distance, the authorities of the Division and those of the Côte d'Ivoire Conference made the trip to attend the ceremony.
Funded by the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Adventist College of Abidjan, the West-Central Africa Division and the Borotou-Koro Local Church, this school is to receive more than 2900 students who will soon have the privilege of receiving lectures in three of the six classrooms made available for them. The three others will be ready very soon. The total cost of this project is $ 46,500.
Borotou-Koro is populated by more than 25000 inhabitants who exercise for the majority in the agricultural sector and as workers in the sugar complex. In this region, the Muslim population (85%) dominates the other religious denominations despite the evangelistic efforts that are made. To remedy this situation, a new strategy is necessary. This is why Seventh-day Adventists decided to establish a primary school in the area through Mr. Modeste Coulibaly, Director of Human Resources and General Means at the sugar complex and Elder of the Borotou-Koro Adventist Church, to provide for the needs of the people. This opportunity will allow the church to teach Bible values dear to Adventists.
Representing the President of the Division, Pastor Elie Weick, Pastor Same Vincent, Director of Personal Ministries and Evangelism drew everyone's attention to the importance of sending children in the Adventist educational system and invited the Adventist Education leaders to take good care of the school: "You must make good use of what you inaugurate today, because unfortunately we know how to inaugurate but not to maintain. To my fellow teachers, I encourage you to more determination and love in the training of children by developing all their faculties and prepare them to make a difference in a world of degeneration. "
For the President of the Côte d'Ivoire Conference, Pastor Thio T. Narcisse, teaching is sacred and those who engage in that profession must do so with love and faith, because they prepare the future leaders of our societies. We should not play with this vocation. So he said, «The school is a specialized institution for providing education, renewing and perpetuating society. This is why the school was made free and compulsory by the Côte d'Ivoire authorities to reach 100% schooling. The church built this school to make its contribution and support this great initiative of the Ivorian government. "
[Pastor Same and Commander Béné Kouakou Jean-Louis]
The Sous-Prefect of Koro, Commander Béné Kouakou Jean-Louis, in his speech, thanked the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its vision for students of Borotou-Koro. Faced with the ever-increasing demand for educational infrastructures, this school is not only relieving parents in Borotou-Koro, but also the Ivorian government. According to him, "This initiative is a good initiative because it is part of the government's policy: compulsory school for all children. The country is vast and the government cannot meet all the needs and satisfy everyone. The problems are many and all private initiatives to support the government in its development policy are welcome. "
Mr. Modeste Kounandy, Director of Human Resources and General Means at Sucre Ivoire, Borotou-Koro and Elder of the local Church, thanked the Lord and all the donors who contributed for this project to come through. For him, "Passion and determination led everything and for the completion of the project, we had to be hard-hitting and God blessed our efforts. I can only say thank you Lord. "
Attended this inauguration ceremony, Pastor Vincent Same, representative of the President of the Division, Pastor Elie Weick, the President of the Côte d’Ivoire Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Thio Tigué N. and his collaborators, the representatives of administrative authorities of the region led by the Sous-Prefect of Koro, Commander Béné Jean-Louis, Elder Alexis Kouadio, Project Designer at the Division, the traditional and religious leaders, Elder Modeste Kounandy Coulibaly and Borotou-Koro Church members.