Funding boost to help school pupils learn about maritime sector
An education programme aimed at helping school children learn about the maritime sector and the importance of shipping is to receive a £40,000 funding boost.
The money will be used to expand the Why Shipping Matters schools initiative in the hope of encouraging more young people to consider a career in the maritime sector.
The announcement was made by Nusrat Ghani, the government’s maritime minister, during a visit to St Peter’s London Docks Primary School on Tuesday.
She said: “Shipping is crucial to the vitality of the UK – bringing in the food and goods we buy as well as energy to power our homes.
“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.”
Lessons developed by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers will include teaching pupils how to make a compass. They’ll learn how vessels use compasses to navigate around the world, as well as how and why goods are shipped across the globe.
Julie Lithgow, director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, added: “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 careers.
“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 England.”
The Department for Transport said the funding decision shows the government’s commitment to deliver the recommendations laid out in Maritime 2050 – a long-term strategy that includes a vision for the future of the UK maritime sector. It recommends that more is done to promote the maritime sector in schools to help grow and nurture a skilled workforce for the future.
Main image: Maritime minister Nusrat Ghani MP with Elizabeth Figueiredo, headteacher of St Peter’s London Docks Primary School and Jim Fitzpatrick MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Maritime and Ports. © Crown copyright 2019.