Using Corporate Responsibility to compete with Rock Hard Cement – Arawak Cement cajoles Daryll Jordan secondary by Donating 25 Computers

Arawak Cement Company last week launched a multi-faceted, long term partnership with Darryl Jordan Secondary School with a donation of 25 computers.

Mr. Manuel Toro addressing the students

Mr. Manuel Toro addressing the students

In making the presentation of the computers and announcing Arawak’s partnership with the neighbouring school, the new General Manager, Manuel Toro revealed that the company will be taking a keen interest in the long-term development of the students. He disclosed that part of this investment in their future would be Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) training at the Arawak Cement plant. This programme will give the students hands-on experience at the plant to boost their competency levels for scholastic assessment and certification.

The students too were delighted to be the centre of attention and showed their appreciation in songs brilliantly performed by the school's steel pan orchestra.  Toro, a lover of pan music, said that he enjoyed the performance and promised to be playing with the troupe by the end of the year.

The students too were delighted to be the centre of attention and showed their appreciation in songs brilliantly performed by the school’s steel pan orchestra. Toro, a lover of pan music, said that he enjoyed the performance and promised to be playing with the troupe by the end of the year.

In addition, a Leadership Training and Conflict Resolution Programme facilitated by Errol Griffith of the Freemind Institute will be held at the plant for students from 12-15 April.

L to R: Miss Shanice Woodley - Prefect, Mr. Manuel Toro - Arawak GM and Stephen Whittaker - Head Boy

L to R: Miss Shanice Woodley – Prefect, Mr. Manuel Toro – Arawak GM and Stephen Whittaker – Head Boy

The new General Manager also disclosed that another facet of the partnership would be the replacement of steel pans for the Darryl Jordan Secondary Steel Orchestra.

“Young people are the future builders of our nation and Arawak Cement Company Ltd. is looking to them to ensure our island’s prosperity through contributing to their learning and development.” said Toro while speaking about the partnership.

Toro added that Arawak was looking beyond the confines of the classroom, and was keen to help prepare the students for stellar workplace performance after they leave school.

Morning Assembly, at Podium is St Lucy MP, Denis Kellman addressing students

Morning Assembly, at Podium is St Lucy MP, Denis Kellman addressing students

To this end, the company had developed the leadership programme and was also providing opportunities for the students to expand their horizons through bilingual capability. The General Manager himself, who is Spanish-speaking will be taking a personal interest by engaging with the students in some Spanish classes to add authenticity to their experience.

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