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One hundred and forty students gained Work-study experience with the GDFin 2014







The final 66, of the 140 students who participated in the 2014 Work Study programme with the Guyana Defence Force, were presented with Certificates of Participation, at a simple closing ceremony at Base Camp Ayanganna. During the ceremony, some students performed a poetry recital. Seventy-four other students had completed their attachments earlier.

Staff Officer One General Five, Major Lorraine Foster, congratulated the students on their successes at the 2014 CSEC examinations, and encouraged them to continue working hard to achieve future goals. “On behalf of the Chief of Staff and all the Officers and Ranks of the GDF, I congratulate you all. To those who realised their dreams you have gained the fruits of your labours. However, those of you who may have fallen short of the mark know that this is not the end of the road,” she said, “you can return to school and re-sit those subjects in which you did not fare well. You have the opportunity to enhance your performance, by being a bit more disciplined and dedicated.”

“Those of you, who are continuing on to university, understand that you cannot take the high school mentality there with you. You are going to have to mature very quickly and continue to work hard to be successful,” she added. “Those of you who are going on to the world of work, it is our hope that you have learned from us much that you can take to your places of employment that will make you excellent employees and assets to the various firms. You too, will have to dedicate yourselves and work hard. And, to those returning to school to re-sit exams, be diligent, study harder and commit yourselves to excellence. The Guyana Defence Force wishes you all well in whatever future undertakings you pursue!”

The Work-Study programme is an annual activity that sees the GDF providing on-the-job learning for students graduating from various educational institutions across the country.The students, who participate each year, are drawn from the Ministry of Education, the Kuru Kuru Co-operative College, the Government Technical Institute, GRECO, and a few private educational institutions.

The GDF’s partnership with these educational institutions is in keeping with the Force’s remit to contribute to national development, by aiding youths to gain the much needed experiences of the workplace, so necessary for developing their appreciation for occupational life.