IMO chief wants “Adopt a Ship” ex­panded world­wide

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In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO) Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ki­tack Lim and EU Com­mis­sioner of Trans­port Vi­o­leta Bulc, vis­it­ing the is­land for the “Mar­itime Cyprus 2017” con­fer­ence, vis­ited the 21st El­e­men­tary School (Kalogeropoulio) in Li­mas­sol, where they saw first-hand the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “Adopt a Ship” ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme. The pro­gramme, ini­ti­ated by the Cyprus Ship­ping Cham­ber in 2006 in co­op­er­a­tion with the Cyprus Marine En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (CYMEPA), brings to­gether the lo­cal el­e­men­tary schools and sea­far­ers on board CSC mem­bers’ ships in or­der to pro­vide a re­al­world learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for schoolchil­dren. It in­volves as­sign­ing to el­e­men­tary schools’ class­rooms a par­tic­u­lar ves­sel for di­rect email com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the chil­dren and the crew of the ves­sel with the aim to in­form the chil­dren about life on­board, car­goes car­ried by ships, trad­ing pat­terns and ge­og­ra­phy. The pro­gramme runs un­der the aus­pices of the Min­istry of Trans­port and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Cul­ture.

Lim and Bulc had the op­por­tu­nity to watch the pro­gramme op­er­a­tion through the stu­dents’ eyes and en­thu­si­asm, where the stu­dents pre­sented their knowl­edge about their ‘adopted’ ship, their com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the ship crew and mes­sages ex­changed.

Com­mis­sioner Bulc stated, “I hope that this pro­gramme will spread and will con­tinue to grow and I think ev­ery­body can profit from it, the chil­dren, the com­mu­nity and the pro­fes­sion”, while the IMO’s Lim added that, “it is a very valid and bright in­no­va­tive idea. I am hop­ing that this in­no­va­tive idea can be ex­panded to the global in­dus­try as a best prac­tice”.

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