Gbarnga, 14 September, 2021 / 3:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholics and Muslims are collaborating in the ongoing construction of a Catholic school under the auspices of members of the Society of African Missions (SMA) at a village in Liberia’s Gbarnga Diocese.
"We have decided to build a Catholic school. The head of the village assured us of collaboration and now Christians and Muslims are building the new school together,” Fr. Lorenzo Snider, a member of the SMA, has been quoted as saying in a news report published September 11.
Financed by donations from St. Sebastiano Villa di Chiavenna Parish of Italy’s Como Diocese, the Catholic school initiative is set to benefit members of the community irrespective of their religious affiliation, including dozens of children who are expected to shift from the shack where they were studying, Fr. Snider further says.
“It is an experience of interreligious communion, both Catholics and Muslims, because the school belongs to everyone,” the Italian-born missionary Priest further says in the report by Agenzia Fides, the news agency for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Hundreds of children who did not have access to formal education are set to benefit from the collaborative initiative, Fr. Snider says, and explains, "Here in the district, there were 500 children without access to education. To bring the concrete we had to repair the road and build wooden bridges. They hadn't seen a car for ten years.”