A School that is part of ACECEN

Escuela Cristiana Gamaliel in Managua, Nicaragua, was established in 1997 by the First Christian Reformed Church in Nicaragua.  The vision for this school was to provide children from the marginalized neighbourhood of Americas Dos in Managua with an education in Christ, in keeping with the Christian view that all of life belongs to God.  Americas Dos is one of the suburbs of Managua, where the government relocated the population from downtown Managua after the 1972 earthquake leveled the city.  The population of this community is around 18,400, of which 60% are youth and children, 30% are adults, and 10% seniors.  This community has high levels of delinquency, drug and gang problems, and the majority of the population is low income, with a high rate of unemployment.  First Christian Reformed Church in Nicaragua is convinced that seeds planted in the present will transform the future for these families and the Americas Dos community.

Lilliam Calero Polanco is the prinicipal at Escuela Cristiana Gamaliel. In 1997, the church board decided to open a preschool, and a school board composed by five members was formed for this purpose. Lilliam Calero, the Pastor´s wife, was one of these members. She was asked if she could work as a voluntary teacher and principal. She accepted the job and the school started with six students. At that time, she was a first grade teacher in morning shift at Quinta Nina School. She to be moved to the afternoon shift at Quinta Nina, and this freed her morning hours for Gamaliel.

The school has since grown to a full primary school, as well as an afternoon grade 7 class, with a total of 204 students.  The school employs 2 part time and 7 full time teachers, in addition to a principal and a guard.  Escuela Cristiana Gamaliel has become well known in the community for its sincere commitment among the staff and leadership to quality Christ-centered education.  In 2011 land adjacent to the primary school was purchased, and the school has received a permit to operate a high school.   In 2012 EduDeo sent 3 HANDS teams to help build 3 first story classrooms on the bottom floor.  Since then, in conjunction with other organizations and the local community, the school has been able to complete a full 2 story classroom building and a perimeter security fence.

On February 9, 2015 Escuela Cristiana Gamaliel will officially open its high school doors to those enrolled in grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 with grade 11 to be added in February 2016.

Even with a good reputation in the community at the primary level, starting the high school was not easy.  The school needed to draw more families and more students at the high school level.  The need was presented to the parents with a challenge that any family who was able to successfully get another family to join the school would receive a tuition discount.  It was just the encouragement required and as result students were added to the high school program.

Lilliam wants all things at Gamaliel to be done for the Glory of God.  She also prioritzes quality work, that the students discipline improves every day, and that the parents be in constant communication with the teacher staff. Her vision for the school is:
1.  To have all grades in High School by 2016
2.  To start technical education classes in the new building by 2017
3.  To better equip the library.

Rosa
Oct 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hola, necesito ir a visitar su escuela y proponerles un proyecto educativo 2014.

Mi nombre es Rosa Moreno, soy de Panamá y queremos compartir estrategias y actividades para desarrollar las ocmeptencias en nuestros niños y niñas de Nicaragua. Mi número de cel 81860921.

Saludos.

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