A School that is part of ACECEN

One of the most remote member schools of ACECEN, Nueva Jerusalén is a unique two-room school located in the highlands above the village of El Tuma, 200 km north east of Managua. Being in the mountains, this school faces various physical challenges, such as no electricity or running water. This 46-student school, serves member families of the New Jerusalem Land Bank. 

A land bank is an area of land bought and held for future development.  Located on 160 acres of mountainous cloud forest and coffee groves, the land bank allows partner families to purchase five-acre plots of land for mixed farming use. Each November students are kept home to work in the coffee harvest.

The New Jerusalem school is the only educational option for children in the land bank and many children in the surrounding villages. Some students walk 2 km to come to school, having even to cross a river to get there. One teacher shared that, "When it rains, I tell the parents not to send them to school, or if it rains when they are in school I stay with them until the river level goes down. Parents know that." 

The school is prayerfully led by two teachers, who are committed to Gospel transformation on the land bank and in the classroom.  They have introduced a number of faith-based group learning strategies to the classroom, empowering the weaker students and encouraging them to learn from the stronger students. 

Nueva Jerusalén, established by the community in 2010, joined ACECEN in October 2011, and with community input requested assistance to build a new facility.  At that time the school was meeting in a 50 year old house that had previously been used to host coffee harvesters.  The house was in poor shape, lacking space, light hygiene, ventilation, and other basic elements of an ideal school building.  Since this time the new two room facility has been built, which meets immediate the needs of the community. The bigger space that has been transformed into their 'little school' has been a huge motivator to the students.

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