Firestone Liberia Opens Computer Laboratory
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (Aug. 25, 2006)- The Firestone School System has opened its first computer laboratory at the Harbel Junior High School.
Speaking during the dedicatory program held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, the superintendent of the Firestone School System, Mrs. Dwede D. Hoto, thanked Firestone Liberia for putting the time, finances and resources in the implementation of what she referred to as a “worthy project.” .
Mrs. Hoto noted that the introduction of computer education within the academic curriculum of the Firestone School System is intended to enable the students to acquire computer knowledge upon the completion of their ninth grade studies. She assured that the opening of the computer laboratory at the Harbel Junior High School is the beginning of a new learning process within the Firestone School System.
Superintendent Hoto challenged the students to utilize the great opportunities Firestone Liberia has placed at their disposal by making sure that they put more time and energy into their studies.
Also speaking during the program was the principal of the Harbel Junior High School, Mr. T. Shulonteh Gwengatei, who praised the management of Firestone Liberia for the level of commitment and interest it has and continues to show in the education of the children of its employees.
Mr. Gwengatei promised that the laboratory will be utilized to its fullest for the enhancement of the Firestone School System and the betterment of the students whom he described as “future leaders of the country.”
“This computer education program for ninth graders at Firestone is highly commendable” said Mr. Rufus B. Russ, acting vice principal for instruction at the Harbel Multilateral High School. He further pointed out that “in today’s job market, computer knowledge is indeed a basic requirement and an important educational development.”
The program was witnessed by an array of education department officials including the superintendent of schools operations, Mr. George B. Caine; some instructors of the Harbel, Divisions 10 and 29 junior high schools; and students, among others.