By: Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II
Coral Harbour Base, 09 NOV. ‘17 (RBDF): After recently being awarded the Ministry of Youth’s “YOUTH ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR” award, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers are still making notable strides towards the continued development of our nation’s youth.
In its newest initiative to include the Junior Achievement (JA) Bahamas program as part of the Defence Force Rangers extracurricular activities, Rangers Instructors attended a training session where they learned more about the JA program.
The overall focus of the session surrounded the financial literacy and entrepreneurial training for students in grades 7, 8, 10 and 11, each grade having its own specific objective.
Grade 7 focuses on personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on skills, interests and values. Grade 8 encourages the use of critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills which support positive attitudes while exploring and enhancing their career aspirations.
Grade 10 helps students to understand principles of earning money, saving and investing money, spending money wisely through budgeting, using credit cautiously and protecting one’s personal finances. Grade 11 equips students with tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.
Commodore Tellis Bethel commended Lieutenant Duncombe, Director of the Rangers program, and his team of Rangers Instructors for the creative energy they are injecting into the program to ensure that Rangers graduates are well equipped to become successful leaders in our nation.
The inclusion of JA into the Ranger Program will provide more opportunities for Rangers to become eligible to receive scholarships to attend one of the many colleges/universities that JA already has working relationships with State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.
The Defence Force continues to play its part in developing nation builders and world citizens.