By Olivia Rose
A TEAM from the Cumbria Army Cadet Force in the United Kingdom visited the TCI this week to discuss an upcoming exchange programme. In July the force will send 12 cadets and four adult volunteers to the Turks and Caicos Islands for 10 days of military training and cultural experience.
Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Education Minister Hon. Karen Malcolm, officials from the TCI Cadet Corps and the Department of Youth Affairs welcomed the delegation on Tuesday (January 28). According to a brief statement from the Government, a meeting was held at the Office of the Premier to discuss the future partnership with the TCI Cadet Corp.
Back in November 2019, British police and crime commissioner Colonel Peter McCall was appointed Honorary Colonel of Cumbria Army Cadet Force. During his first official appointment, McCall met with Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ennis Grant from the TCI Army Cadet Force. During a one week stint in Cumbria, Lieutenant Grant was instrumental in establishing the first international exchange programme for the TCI.
He said: “I am delighted to be part of this new programme and believe the exchange will be invaluable in developing our existing cadet and adult volunteer experience.
“I have been overwhelmed with the generosity shown to me by Cumbria and I look forward to welcoming the Cumbrian Cadets in the Caribbean next July.”
The TCI Cadets Corps programme aims to promote military ethos among youths, to instill values in young people, and encourage them to contribute to their communities and country. Students enrolled in the programme develop qualities such as self-discipline, loyalty and respect, strong leadership, teamwork and resilience which will help them achieve excellence and shape their own future.