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GDF Comitted to Educating Youths Facilitates School's Visit

Base Camp Ayanganna became a learning environment for 208 pupils from Albion Front’s Cropper Primary School and Berbice’s Number Eight Primary School, when they visited, on February 25, and March 3, respectively. Seven teachers, including the Headmaster, accompanied the Grade Six Cropper Primary School students while the Headmistress, six teachers and 16 parents guided the pupils of the Number Eight Primary School who were drawn from the school’s Grades 1-6.

The eager pupils visited the Force’s Military Reference Library and viewed video presentations which provided insights to the various Units of the Force. In addition, they visited the Dental Clinic at Medical Corps and were also treated to musical renditions by members of the Band Corps.

altAccording to the Headmaster of Cropper Primary, Mr. Leroy King, his pupils’ visit to the GDF was part of the school’s programme to expose the pupils to some of the national institutions they learn about at school, as they prepare for the national Grade Six assessment. He added that the students were also able to get a better idea of the various career opportunities which can be pursued in the army.

Senior Mistress of the Number Eight Primary School, Ms Louralene Gouveia, thanked the GDF for facilitating the visit thus affording the students the opportunity to learn more about the Force. “This visit has been one in which the teachers and     students have learned much. Indeed, by allowing us to visit, you (the GDF) have   already begun moulding the minds of our youngsters in terms of possible career choices that they will have in the future,” she said. Several of the visiting students also sang a special thank you song.

The visit by these schools is part of the Force’s policy to continue to build statecraft partnerships through civilian-military relations involving several government and non-governmental institutions. This policy is geared toward building and sustaining relationships with civil society through a structured    programme and members of Youth Clubs, schools and other educational   institutions are the beneficiaries.