Philip G. Wreh
Principal in Liberia
Meet Nelson T. Koffa, a Principal at Bridge Liberia, J.W. Pearson Public School in the heart of Monrovia.
Today J.W. Pearson has 638 students. Situated near to a busy market square, many entrepreneurial parents who work in the market send their kids to school here, confident that they will be well looked after.
Nelson has a long journey to get to school every morning, battling through traffic to get from the outskirts of Monrovia in to the centre, an hour and a half away. He takes it all in his stride though, because he loves his job.
When it comes to the running of the school, Nelson is very much the brains behind the operation. Under his strong leadership, J.W. Pearson has flourished, becoming a strong learning environment where pupils are making great improvements.
Despite having a lot of responsibilities as Principal, Nelson still makes time to teach sixth graders, and is extremely proud of how well his students are doing. “Our students are good and the building is neat,” he says. “We’re happy that Bridge came to transform our education!”
Nelson goes on to explain how many lives Bridge has impacted, saying that Bridge has made teaching easy by equipping teachers with the right information and technology to navigate a lesson.
Nelson describes his work with pupils at J.W. Pearson as a once in a lifetime experience. He’s so happy that he has helped with create a school that offers a happy and positive education to children. A standout moment for Nelson was when American superstar Akon visited with his Lights to Learn initiative! He was proud that Akon got to see all the great work taking place.