As part of our "Corporate Social Responsibility" at Rosebel Gold Mines, we implement various education-related projects within the communities of the Brokopondo district each year through our community development program. One of these projects is our Rosebel Brokopondo Scholarship Program, which aims to provide scholarships to the most successful students of the MULO and LBO schools in the district of Brokopondo, in order to continue and successfully complete secondary school or higher education in Paramaribo.
In the school year 2019-2020, the Rosebel Brokopondo Scholarship Program enters its 2nd lustrum. From the start of the program in 2009, a maximum of 4 (four) new scholarships are currently made available each year. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program, a total of 10 (ten) scholarships were made available this year. The 6 (six) extra scholarships have been made available to students who will be attending the NATIN-MBO in Paramaribo.
Apart from the opportunity to continue secondary and higher education in Paramaribo, the Scholarship Program also provides both technical and social guidance for all enrolled scholars. The costs for the study are paid by Rosebel, including housing, monthly transport, consumption, pocket money, tuition fees and study material from the time they enter the program to their higher education graduation.
This year’s graduate scholar, Heaven Huur, has been part of the Rosebel Brokopondo Scholarship program for 7 (seven) years. She successfully completed the history program at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname in August 2019. "It wasn't easy, but if you have a goal, you have to go for it,” she says. “I’m very grateful to Rosebel for this scholarship. In addition to paying for the study, the company has also created an opportunity for me to do other training such as team building, project writing, and time management. The program also contributed to my discipline.” Heaven will continue to explore her passion for history while working at the National Archives in Suriname.