About the One-Day School
After the initial success of the One-Day Church, Maranatha decided to apply the same concept to schools. The goals were the same—to create a school kit that was strong, simple to construct, and easily transported to remote locations. Two years after the introduction of the One-Day Church, Maranatha debuted the One-Day School in 2010, at an Adventist World Church conference in Georgia.
Different from the One-Day Churches, the One-Day School kits are turnkey classrooms. They have the same galvanized steel frame and roof, but the schools also have walls, windows, and ventilation. The schools can also include 40 desks, a chalkboard, and decorations.
The classrooms can also be used a restroom or office. Typically, the kits are used to create a campus of One-Day School classrooms. We have constructed campuses of anywhere from two more than 30 buildings.
Since 2010, Maranatha has erected more than 600 One-Day School kits.
Timeline of One-Day Structures
April 2008: One-Day Church concept is introduced to Adventist World Church leaders at Spring Council meeting, which was held at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. As part of the presentation, the prototype for One-Day Church structure is erected on the campus.
June 2008: First One-Day Church is built in Valle Hermoso, Ecuador.
August 2008: The One-Day Church program is publicly announced at the annual ASI convention in Florida. A full-size One-Day Church is on display in the exhibit hall with a smaller model on the meeting hall stage. Jan Paulsen, then president of the Adventist World Church, and Don Schneider, then president of the North American Division, dedicate the program.
February 2009: The One-Day Church concept enters Mozambique, as the first structure is built.
March 2009: Maranatha begins construction of One-Day Churches on a large scale in Mozambique.
March 30, 2009: The program moves into Zambia with a One-Day Church being constructed for the Shikoshwe East congregation.
January 2010: Classrooms using One-Day structures with block walls are built in Livingstone, Zambia.
January 2010: In the wake of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti on January 12, Maranatha ships One-Day structures to Port-au-Prince at the request of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church. The structures are initially used as shelters, and later as churches and school classrooms.
July 2010: The One-Day School structure debuts at the General Conference Session of the Adventist World Church, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. A partial One-Day School is on display in the convention center lobby.
January 2011: The first One-Day School campus, a school with multiple One-Day School structures, is built in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Maranatha's long term commitment to education gives year after year.