WWCS partner announces first 2009 graduation ceremony

By April 10, 2009

Nicaragua (MNN) — The first graduates of the "Class of '09" received their diplomas this winter in Nicaragua. A school partnering with Worldwide Christian Schools ushered in the end of their initial growth phase as eight high school graduates received their diplomas in December. More than 95 percent of the school's graduates go on to college, equipped to transform Nicaraguan culture.

Four years ago, the Nicaragua Christian Academy (NCA) was developed to provide a Christian education for middle-class families. From the school's beginning in 2005, WWCS has been involved; 30 HANDS (Helping Another Nation Develop Schools) teams were sent to help with construction projects to build NCA. The campus consists of five classroom buildings, a chapel, main office, cafeteria, and athletic fields; funds are still needed to provide an adequate facility for school programs.

Class sizes are limited to 15 students in the non-profit, non-denominational K-12 school. The NCA seeks to equip their students "to transform their culture rather than let that culture transform them." Plagued by political instability, economic crisis and decreasing respect for authorities, Nicaragua is in desperate need of moral leadership. Students are equipped at the school to carry out God's work, with the intent of furthering God's kingdom in Nicaragua.

The nation's middle-class families earn $400 to $1000 per month. Thanks to WWCS school sponsorships, 21 percent of the student body receives financial support; families end up paying as little as $5 per month for tuition. If you'd like to help sponsor a student in Nicaragua, click here.

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