With the aim of providing youths with basic leadership skills and affording them the opportunity to travel to their country, Head of State, David Granger, today announced that he would be re-introducing the National Cadet Corps.
A product of the Queen’s College Cadet Corps himself, the President said his intention is not militarization, but to give youths an opportunity to explore their country.
“I do believe that in secondary school youngsters should be exposed to leadership skills, team work, to sport, (and) to travel,” Granger said in a Government statement.
All these, the Head of State said, could prepare them for a military or civilian career in the future, as the experience they would have gained will take them through life.
The Corps will also provide recreational and learning opportunities for youths between the ages of 12 and 18 during the August holidays.
President Granger added that the Corps would also play up the importance of teamwork, and the good traits that come with public service.
President Granger, however, noted that the National Cadet Corps will not be compulsory, but will be open to all youths.
Over the years at least three Cadet Corps- the Army Cadet Company, the Queen’s College Cadet Company and the Guyana National Service Cadet Corps- were formed but all later dissolved.
BY KAIETEUR NEWS