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Jul 1, 2019

Coastguard’s Sea Cadet Mentorship Programme

It’s summer and that means that students are being enrolled in summer programmes across the country. For one week, sixty students between the ages of eight and twelve will be housed at the Ladyville Technical High School in the Belize District learning various life skills and disciplines while engaging in sporting activities. It culminates with an overnight trip to Caye Caulker. Like a seaman joining the maritime law enforcement organization, this morning, the cadets gathered at the Coastguard Headquarters where they were given their uniforms and school bags with additional material. They were later bussed to Ladyville where the programme began. Coastguard Chaplin, Lieutenant Gilroy Lewis is the coordinator for the Sea Cadet Mentorship Programme. He says that they partnered with six south side primary schools and focused on at-risk youths.

 

Gilroy Lewis

Lt. Gilroy Lewis, Coordinator, Sea Cadet Mentorship Programme

“This is part of the Coastguard initiative in the crime-fighting mechanism and as such we get children from the deprived social and economic conditions from the south side and we mentor them—we help them with homework, we help them with projects and we give them an opportunity to learn to swim, to teach them the fundamental of sports and also to give them one field trip every two months. During the course of this week, we are going to work together as a team. We are going to teach them life skills, we are going to allow them to play different disciplines and we are also going to give them an overnight trip at Caye Caulker.”

 

Duane Moody

“How important is this for the Coastguard in terms of working with these sixty kids?”

 

Lt. Gilroy Lewis

“It is very important because the Coastguard always wants to five back to the community and what better way we can give to the community if we invest in youths. The commandant’s aim is to have by 2020, two hundred of these children; presently we are at sixty. It is incumbent on every corporate citizens and body, companies, to do something to curb the scourge that we are living in. Belize is a Jewel and if we don’t properly maintain an create an enabling environment so that the kids can grow up, then we are going to get the adverse effect of that.”


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