New Laptops Recently Purchased for School
It has taken some time, but the grant money generously awarded last spring by the Church Mission Publishing Company has finally been used to purchase four new laptops to be used at the school. Bishop John communicated via phone call over receiving the new computers much to the excitement of teachers and students.
Up until recently, the school had not been ready to accept the laptops for use. While electrical wiring was available, service was not. With that problem solved and construction on the second building complete, it was finally time to purchase the laptops.
AEP sent over enough of the grant funds to purchase four laptops to try out. Originally,
solar-powered laptops were investigated but proved to be unavailable. Our Nigerian partners researched models available and assured us that these laptops are durable.
The rest of the money from the grant will be made available to purchase more laptops when there is confirmation that the laptops are performing effectively.
Reasons for March 2016 trip
Our last visit to Gusau was in 2011. Since that visit Grace International School has made great progress. With funds raised in the USA, a very large tract of land behind the original school plot has been acquired for future development. There are now two completed buildings containing classrooms, offices, science, and computer labs. In addition, the important examination hall is completed and has been recently used for students to sit for their West Africa Education Council (WAEC) board exams.
Understanding the unique issues and challenges faced by the Diocese of Gusau and the school. At the end of 2014 we were informed that the operating budget of the school was running at a deficit. AEP’s commitment to date has been to build the necessary buildings with the understanding that we will shift our focus to assisting with operating costs when the buildings are complete. The AEP Board concluded that a trip to Nigeria was prudent in order to confer with the school and Diocesan leadership over the operating costs and to learn what were the most urgent needs going forward. The board of AEP is very grateful to Board member Paul Frank for his generosity in funding this trip.