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Wards in childcare facilities exposed to military career options

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston and Key Clubbers take time out for the camera during a tour of the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard's facilities in Port Royal last Saturday.

The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston's Kids Edutainment Day, held last Saturday, was the first in a series of career educational tours planned by the club.

Twenty-three children and three caregivers from The S.A. Nest Children's Home, Maxfield Park Children's Home, and Jamaica Christian Boys' Home - assisted by seven key club members from Immaculate Conception High School and Trench Town High School and a parent monitor - were invited to tour the facilities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard in Port Royal.

This Kiwanis project seeks to provide career information programmes to help students develop their self-awareness, opportunity awareness and career-management skills in areas such as the JDF Coast Guard where the operations are not readily understood.

Valuable exposure

"It is hoped that the exposure provided by the JDF Coast Guard will assist the children to determine whether the field appeals to them and subsequently pursue the appropriate training towards a career in one of the exciting areas," the club stated in a release. "The JDF officers, who acted as tour guides, lived up to our expectation, emphasised their motto, 'Service for the lives of others', and at times demonstrated how they provide assistance to civil authority, civilian agencies and individual fishermen in their search and rescue operations."