Firestone Liberia Receives Commendation For Its Educational Program
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (October 14, 2006)- The Management of Firestone Liberia has been lauded for the expansion of its educational facilities to accommodate the growing number of students within the concession area.
Performing the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a kindergarten school building in Harbel, Assistant Education Minister for Secondary Education Felicia Doe-Sumah praised Firestone Liberia for the interest it continues to show in the education of Liberian children.
According to Assistant Minister Doe-Sumah, a strong kindergarten education is the foundation for the building of a sound and quality education in any society, stressing that a spacious facility creates the necessary atmosphere for the success of such a program.
She noted that Firestone Liberia is contributing to the improvement of Liberia’s post-war educational program by ensuring that more educational facilities are available to the children of its employees at all times, and she praised the company for the efforts it has applied thus far.
She assured that the Ministry of Education will continue to work along with Firestone in its quest to improve and expand educational facilities throughout the concession area so that children in this part of the country can have the opportunity of attending school for a better future.
Earlier, the Superintendent of the Firestone School System, Dwede D. Hoto, said the construction of a school building exclusive for beginners was necessitated by the influx of kindergarten students within the Harbel area and its environs.
Hoto thanked Firestone Liberia for its prompt response to the request of the Education Department for the construction of additional schools not only in the Harbel area, but other parts of the concession area as well.\
For his part, the Industrial Relations Manager of Firestone Liberia, J. Feay Roberts, thanked Assistant Minister Doe-Sumah for taking time out of her busy schedule to participate in the program.
Roberts also informed the gathering that Firestone Liberia remains committed to providing more educational facilities that will accommodate the children of its employees as a means of preparing them for a prosperous and viable future.
He assured that more schools are currently being built around the concession area in response to the increase in the number of students every academic year.
The well-attended program brought together company executives, including the President of the Firestone Liberian Staff Association, James H. P. Walker, as well as the Vice President of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia, Samuel Dogbah, among others.
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