Sep 06, 2008 News Comments Off on GDF advises work-study students to convert challenges into success
In fulfilling its partnership-in-development role, the Guyana Defence Force recently graduated 160 students who pursued Work-Study attachments within 12 Units and divisions of the Force.
The students were drawn from 19 schools and organizations across the country and their attachment within the GDF occurred in two phases.
Working within the various units of the GDF, the students were able to benefit from experiences in the real working environment and got first hand knowledge of how the Force’s mandate is carried out.
Army staffers also counseled many of the students about career choice issues as well as their options for pursuing higher education and the possibilities of pursuing a career within the military.
The students were high in their praise for the GDF for having provided them with the opportunity to better understand the value of punctuality, courtesy, teamwork, dedication to the task and attention to details.
In some instances, students whose stints had come to an end were asked to return for another stint while others requested to have theirs extended.
Delivering the Feature Address at the students’ Graduation Ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Kemraj Persaud noted that the work-study experience was meant to allow students to gain working experience, build human relations skills and appreciate how academic knowledge can be applied in the real world, and also prepare them to be beneficial to their future employers.
He pointed out that the GDF’s Work Study programme is rooted in the force’s command policy to provide leadership at all levels.
To this end, he noted that the GDF provided the opportunity for the students as part of this commitment.
“We see you as that large reservoir from which in time, we can draw to satisfy our human resource needs…Your interaction with us allows for the instillation of core values and qualities of discipline which will hold you in good stead in the future,” Lt. Col. Persaud said.
“While we all strive for perfection, when you fall short you must not be disappointed. Instead, confront the challenges and with your training, convert them into success stories. When all is said and done and the dust settles, those of you who would have made maximum use of your training opportunities would be the ones who will emerge victorious,” he added.
Noting that although they were leaving the work-study environment within the force, he urged the students to look to the future and count their experience as another positive phase in their upbringing.
“It is our hope that your exposure to the military, and not any military mind you, but to the Guyana Defence Force, has enabled you to realize a commitment to working hard and beyond the normal call of duty, become mission oriented, and have the desire to produce work of a very high standard,” he said. “If this rings true then we would have done our job.”
Mrs. Melcita Bovell of the Ministry of Education noted that the ministry recognizes the need to engage social partners and that she is happy that the relationship with the GDF has been a long and fruitful one.
“We depend on the GDF to polish off what the Ministry has started,” she said. “There are times when we fall short by the example we set in the school system.”
Bovell said that there couldn’t be a better partner than the GDF, as year after year students were sent with the full confidence that they will emulate positive attitudes from no less than the best.
She noted that sometimes there was resistance from parents when the ministry tried to have students attached with various organizations but noted that this (partnership with the GDF) was perhaps the best experience the students may have had.
Addressing the students directly, Bovell said, “You have choices! The wisdom of your choices will tell how well you have learnt.”
She opined that students rarely had an appreciation for discipline but pointed out that the students were probably now beginning to understand what their teachers and parents were showing and teaching them all these years. “As it stands, with your involvement here, you have written your own recommendations!” she concluded.
Bovell thanked the GDF for its role in helping to mould and shape what the education system produced.
“We will continue to partner with you as we cannot do without our social partners.”
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