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Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers promotes shipping to the next generation on World Maritime Day
Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015
Institute joins IMarEST and the Merchant Navy Training Board
to share the story of shipping with primary school children at IMO
London, September 22, 2015. The Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers, the maritime industry's only body dedicated to
professional education, is spreading the story of shipping to
primary school students as part of the International Maritime
Organization's World Maritime Day celebrations.
The Institute will take part in the first of two open mornings
on September 22 and 23, which will see London schoolchildren visit
IMO headquarters to learn about the role of shipping in delivering
goods and services around the world.
The World Maritime Day theme for 2015 was chosen in order to
focus attention on the wide spectrum of maritime education and
training employed as the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping
industry. These are resources which the IMO believes are vital to
preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified
human resources and to ensure the industry's sustainability.
Director of the Institute Julie Lithgow, says the open mornings
are a good example of how the industry should engage with a diverse
audience to increase wider understanding of the importance of
"The Institute plays a central role in professional education
and training in shipping but we also believe in spreading the
message about the importance of our industry as widely as possible.
Through the open morning, we will share a positive message about
shipping and help the next generation to understand the role it
plays in all our lives."
The Institute, together with IMO, IMarEST and the MNTB has
produced an educational activity booklet 'The World of Shipping'
which introduces the children to the industry. The booklet includes
a foreword from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu in addition to
puzzles on trade routes, ship types and flags.
The Institute plays a unique role in the shipping industry, with
deep roots in the City of London and a diverse membership in
established and emerging maritime centres. Students anywhere in the
world can sit its exams with the examination centre and an
invigilator provided by the Institute. Julie Lithgow adds:
"The IMO's theme for World Maritime Day struck a deep chord with
us and we knew straightaway we wanted to be involved. The primary
school children we will engage with are too young to be thinking
about their careers, but we believe in encouraging the clever,
committed, curious and engaged people into shipping and that can
never start too young."
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