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New funding to teach young people about maritime
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Lessons to raise awareness of the maritime sector and the
importance of shipping.
Thousands of children across the UK could be inspired
to take up a career in maritime thanks to lessons being rolled out
across the country.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani announced £40,000 of funding for
expanding the Why Shipping Matters programme during a lesson at St
Peter's London Docks Primary School today (9 July 2019). The
funding will allow the lessons to be developed for use in secondary
The lessons, developed by the Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers, aim to raise awareness of the maritime sector and the
importance of shipping, and will be available to primary and
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
Shipping is crucial to the vitality of the UK -
bringing in the food and goods we buy as well as energy to power
I am always excited to see children's enthusiasm for ships and
maritime, and I hope this programme will inspire them to consider a
future career in the industry.
Pupils will learn how to make a compass and be taught how they
allow vessels to navigate around the world as well as understanding
the values of commodities that are shipped across the globe.
Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute of Chartered
The Institute has, for more than 100 years, inspired new
generations to develop their knowledge of the commercial maritime
world, albeit young people at the start of their professional
With this new project we'll be developing an interest in our
sector, and an understanding of its fundamental role in our world
in the youngest of our society.
The enthusiastic curiosity and creativity of the primary school
children who have been part of the project so far has inspired us
to roll it out to the South Coast, Merseyside and the North East of
Today's funding shows the government's commitment to deliver the
recommendations laid out in
This long-term strategy includes a vision for the future of
the UK maritime sector. It recommends that more is done
now to promote the maritime sector in schools so that we grow and
nurture a skilled workforce for the future.
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