At the 2018 edition of the Golden Image Awards convened by President George Weah recently, Firestone-Liberia was selected as winner in the international category of education.
Firestone-Liberia operates 27 schools with an enrollment of 13,000. The company operates the largest school system among all concessions in Liberia, a release has said.
According to the release, the company also provides scholarships for higher education to qualified Liberian students and spends about US$150,000 a year for this program. Historically, many college graduates benefiting from Firestone-Liberia’s scholarship program have graduated with honors, and many of them are dependents of the company’s workers.
Most recently, Blessing Caine, a 2016 graduate of Firestone Senior High School and daughter of a Firestone employee, was selected as the only beneficiary from Liberia for the Mandela Institute for Development Studies.
Ed Garcia, president and managing director, said: “We are very proud to play the role we do in the education of young people in Liberia, and are truly honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award. I would like to thank each and everyone of the dedicated and inspiring teachers and administrators working in our schools.”
Founded in 2011, the GIA is a national Liberian meritorious award bestowed upon individuals, organizations and countries that have made selfless contributions to human development initiatives nationally or internationally.
Firestone Natural Rubber Company, traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia, West Africa. The company operates a 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing approximately 7,000 teammates who harvest and process natural rubber. After processing, the natural rubber is shipped to Bridgestone Americas’ tire plants in North America for the manufacture of tires. Firestone Natural Rubber Company is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Incorporated.