Success Creative Art Academy has graduated 72 students who have all been trained in making jewelry and other items from recycled materials.
The graduates, who live in Barnesville Estate where the school is located, were predominately women from low-income homes who got specialized training in the making of handmade bags, jewelry, footwear, and African outfit.
The school’s founder and executive director, Jerome T. Wille, said the mission of the school is to break the dependency syndrome among Liberian youth by providing them life skills training that would make them productive and useful to society.
“We trained our students how to make jewelry from recycled or waste material and also provide them with some business development so they can have the proper knowledge of running a successful business.
“At the academy, we incorporate several innovative approach in order to create an enabling environment for everyone to learn. The first approach is designed around students’ needs, like classes been held during the morning and afternoon sessions, to accommodate students’ busy schedules.
“Secondly, students are incentivized creatively through attendance prizes, contests and business plan competitions. Moreover, students receive constant support once they leave the schools. This support is intended to guide them during the transition period from success,” he said.
The school is sponsored by Love Jensen, founder of Snowflake Foundations, a local NGO that provides educational support to underprivileged children free of charge. However, a little of US$4.OO (LD$ 600) needs to be paid as registration fees.
In a brief remark, Richard Koon, Representative of District # 11, the area where the school is located, thanked the school’s founder for such an initiative which will gradually reduce the high unemployment rate in the district.
“For undertaking such an initiative, you have my support. Call on me whenever you need me and I will be there to help. This is the kind of initiative we need in the district to reduce poverty,” Rep. Koon said.