A new middle level school (K1-8th grade) with international standards was over the weekend dedicated in Monrovia to complement the Ministry of Education (MOE’s) efforts to take the country’s education system from “mess to best.”
The Cyber-Ed Christian School of Excellence (CSS), which operates on the motto, “Striving for Excellence in Learning and Life,” is a private international school based on Christian principles, according to the founder, Soni Karnga Williams.
Mrs. Williams is not alone in the running of the school. She works with her co-founder, Michelle Wento, and a partner, Dr. Clarice Kulah.
To ensure that the school achieves its objective of maintaining international standards, the three Liberian women have hired highly qualified instructors, including J. Emmett Chapin.
Mr. Chapin, a Liberian, was referred to by CSS administration as the “pioneer” teacher, because about two years ago he was one of those who started the process that led to Friday’s dedication. Other instructors are Emmanuel Carford, a science teacher, Nada Gorsaka London, self-contained K-Classes teacher and Tomah Kennedy a Liberian responsible for first graders.
Defang Gladys, a Cameroonian, will teach Bible and French, Amelia Richards serves as Assistant Administrator and a teacher for Arts and Crafts, and Mercy Jackson is assigned to teach Language Arts.
“We utilize technology based online educational programs as well as the arts and more traditional methods to teach Kindergarten to 8th core curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the development of strong communication skills,” founder Williams explained.
“This blended and holistic approach to education,” Williams said, “allows our students to successfully compete with their counterparts in the rest of the world and develop a lifelong love of learning in academics and the arts.”
The goal of CSS is to help catapult Liberia into the 21st century by offering students the opportunity to acquire the highest quality education in a rich environment of challenging courses.
“Our flexible approach utilizes a combination of animated lessons and interactive activities through web-based programs and the arts to make learning dynamic and fun,” Dr. Kulah interjected.
She said CSS’s mission is to help each child come into confident possession of his/her innate talents, acquire the skills needed for success in college anywhere in the world, and establish values that will allow him/her to be a God fearing, disciplined, self-confident contributor to the advancement of his/her community.
CSS philosophy is based on the core beliefs that the Bible is God’s written word which is infallible and authoritative and is the only rule for Christian faith and conduct, and the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.