Golden Veroleum Liberia on 29 January 2016, dedicated a six classroom elementary school in Tarjuowon Statutory District; the first of its kind since the creation of the community. Named Shaw David Quick Impact Elementary School, the facility will host over 300 students, who once sought learning under mix-shift structure. In discussing its investment in the school, the company said the project is in line with its commitment to positively change the lives of communities in which it operates.
GVL said it efforts are not only commercially based, but also to give back to communities the opportunity to grow and develop. At the turning-over event, GVL General Manager for Human Resources, Eric Goll called on citizens and children of school-going ages to take advantage of the opportunity afforded them and use the facility for its intended purpose.
“This school is for you,” Goll said. “Use it for the growth and development of your children’s future and community. Based on your seriousness, you will one day occupy my position as manager or take over any position in GVL or any institution you wish to work.”
The event which was characterized by speeches and cultural performances witnessed citizens’ expressing delight for the new school edifice. Paul Chea, superintendent of Tarjuowon Statutory District, said authorities remained grateful to GVL; pledging his commitment to protecting GVL’s operation and good working relationship for the development of his district.
“GVL is a good and responsible company,” he intoned. “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 patience, elders, chiefs and women groups praised GVL for its efforts and promised that the facility would be used for its intended purpose. “We thank GVL for this project,” citizens averred. “We believe more will come.” The Shaw David School adds to numerous 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, as part of its contribution to national development, the company awards annually to central government US$100,000 for scholarships for qualified Liberian students in the agro-sector.-Press release