Palacaguina Christian Academy
PCA is a bilingual christian school nestled in a small, green mountainside, on the NE side of Palacaguina, Nicaragua. PCA’s initial goal upon the school’s opening in February 2017 is to educate children from pre-k to kindergarten with a planned expansion, adding a grade level every year until PCA becomes a fully operating pre-school, primary school and secondary school for the students of Palacaguina. PCA will also provide space for community events, bible studies, college classes and a library that not only students will use, but will be available to the community at large as the only library in town. PCA is a needed and wanted addition to the town of Palacaguina for it’s unique status as the only bilingual school in the region. PCA will serve as a launching point to give students access to a brighter future.
PCA is bilingual: PCA seeks to emerge kids in an english language classroom, recognizing that exposure to a new language at a child’s young age, increases a child’s ability to learn a second language and greatly effects english comprehension once the student becomes an adult. The community and the government of Nicaragua aspire that their students learn english specifically as many of the better paying jobs as adults are reserved for those who can speak english as well as spanish.
PCA is a christian school: The region of Palacaguina lacks christian school options for students. We believe that true long term change for a student’s future starts with a relationship with Jesus Christ. While we do not require our students to be or become Christians, we do expose them to the love of Christ daily and equip them to make the decision for themselves when they are ready.
PCA creates quality facilities: We have gone to great lengths to create positive learning environments for our students, above and beyond what is usually required. We worked with quality building materials to reduce heat retention in the classrooms, we installed private toilets in every pre-school room, (The first private toilet installed in the entire town was in 2012), and we have painted children’s murals on the walls to help the school rooms shine. Around the campus grounds, PCA will eventually be shaded and cool, in thanks to the local governments donation of hundreds of tree shoots. PCA has plans as well for a garden in the future.
Community enrichment: The PCA facility will exist as a pre-12th grade school during school hours, to be used after the school day ends as a facility to meet various needs within the community. Some of the community needs to be met are as follows: after school english enrichment immersion classes, after school student activities such as taekwondo, english education classes for adults, trade school classes hosted by community members, and the possibility of a nearby university hosting evening classes once the secondary classrooms are completed (which would not have been possible without PCA in the community).
It is hard to believe we are coming to the end of yet another incredibly successful school year at PCA. Within a
week, we will have our 6th Kindergarten class graduating from our preschool program. And our original
Kindergarten class will be finishing the 5th grade and getting ready for 6th.
We are thankful beyond words for your partnership in this journey. Each day I think about the work we have all engaged in and to be honest, sometimes it feels overwhelming. And it is true that often the work we do can be exhausting.
Many know the book of Ecclesiastes by either the word “meaningless” or the 1965 song Turn, Turn, Turn by
The Byrds. What intrigues me more about this jewel of scripture is not what Solomon identified as
meaningless, but rather what Solomon found to be meaningful. My favorite verse on how to get the most out
of life is found in chapter 3, verse 12. Solomon