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Ministry partners with Cadet to instil discipline in schools

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 9:00 AM
A section of cadets posing with Sergeant Coleridge Minto, director Safety & Security, Ministry of Education.

MAGGOTTY, St Elizabeth:

The Ministry of Education has partnered with the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) to promote discipline in schools by encouraging students to participate in uniformed groups. The aim of the JCCF is to appeal to the imagination of the youth, challenging them and equipping them with leadership and life skills.

The Fourth Battalion of the JCCF recently staged its training camp under the theme 'Affirming Our Relevance for National Development' at the Maggotty High School in St Elizabeth. The training programme had three sections: disaster preparedness and emergency response, basic combat engineering, and field tactics.

"Working within this environment, the youth are given a feeling of stability and purpose whilst engaging in fun-filled activities," explained Sergeant Coleridge Minto, director of safety and security at the Ministry of Education, who addressed the cadets. "Although the training is based upon para-military skills, the aim is not to produce a highly trained soldier," Minto added.

The Ministry of Education official said the leadership of the cadet force took pride in being part of a voluntary organisation, which plays a pivotal role in nation building by assisting young Jamaicans to achieve their full potential in a dynamic and challenging environment.

Simulation for audience

The training session came to a close with an open day in which community members and stakeholders were given a chance to see a simulation in which all the major components of the training programme were showcased.

The cadets also engaged in community service by dispatching a small group to the Maggotty Health Clinic where they engaged in landscaping work. They cleared the grounds, whitewashed sides of the driveway, and cleaned the facility's sign post.

Currently, there are more than 600 uniformed groups in schools, which include an addition of 205 new groups to assist with character development among students. Plans are advanced to expand these groups in 2015-2016.