A six classroom elementary school in Tarjuowon Statutory District was on 29 January dedicated by Golden Veroleum. The school is the first of its kind since the creation of the community, according to residents. Named the Shaw David Quick Impact Elementary School, it will host over 300 pupils who once acquired their education under a makeshift structure.
Discussing its investment in the school, the company said the project is in line with its commitment to positively change the lives of communities where it operates.
GVL said in a press release that its initiatives are not only commercially based, but are also intended to give back to communities the opportunity to grow and develop. At the turning-over event, General Manager for Human Resources, Eric Goll, called on citizens and children of school-going age to take advantage of the opportunity and use the facility for its intended purpose.
“This school is for you and so you must use it for the growth and development of your children’s future. Based on your seriousness, you will one day occupy my position as manager or take over any position at GVL or any institution where you wish to work,” Goll told students at the dedication.
The event featured cultural performances and speeches by citizens who expressed delight at the new school edifice. Paul Chea, Superintendent of Tarjuowon Statutory District, expressed gratitude to GVL while pledging his commitment to protecting its operations.
“GVL is a good and responsible company,” he said. “We will work with GVL and move Tarjuowon forward. But it is not going to happen in one day. Instead it is a gradual process. Let’s work together and move our district forward while at the same time holding GVL with good hands.”
Cautioning citizens to be patient, elders, chiefs and women’s groups praised GVL for its efforts and promised that the facility will be used for its intended purpose. “We thank GVL for this project,” a spokesman said, adding, “We believe more will come.”
The Shaw David School adds to the number of schools refurbished or built by GVL in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties. In October 2015, the company constructed the Upper Kulu Elementary School for residents of Sonouah Town in Upper Kulu, Tarjuowon Statutory District.
GVL employs nearly 4,000 Liberians. The company awards US$100,000 annually to central government for scholarships for qualified Liberians pursuing studies in the field of agriculture.