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Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 18, 2019 (SKNIS): The Ministry of National Security’s National Intervention Team headed by Inspector Rosemary Isles launched the Trinity Explorer’s at NEMA Headquarters on July 14, 2019, making it the eighth Explorers Club to be launched in the Federation.  

Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, the Honourable Timothy Harris, while speaking to the audience, said that based on a study conducted throughout the Eastern Caribbean, parents and guardians are the single most important influence in a child’s life.

“I intend today to congratulate the parents and guardians who have allowed and encouraged the children to be a part of the Explorer’s movement. When we attempted years ago to discover the determinants of effective learning, as to why some students perform better than others, why some students showed greater interest in school and in the learning environment, the research discovered that the single most important factor was not the teacher in the classroom but the parent or guardian,” he said.

Prime Minister Harris noted that traditionally, society believes that learning and teaching children is solely the responsibility of teachers but on the contrary, most of the learning takes place outside of the classroom and is heavily reliant on parents and guardians.

“I want the parents to appreciate how important their role is in the molding and shaping of the lives of the young people here who have become members of the Explorers Group. It is the presence of a significant adult, in the life of young people, that shapes what they become,” said Prime Minister Harris.

He added that when parents and guardians attend important life events such as sports days, graduations, meetings and other events, it aids positively in the development of children.

“It is important that if we are going to mold the children and give them the best opportunity to become productive citizens and residents, they have several sources reinforcing the positive values. Other support mechanisms are like what we are doing today from the Ministry of National Security with the engagement into social intervention programmes that help our young people to find themselves early in their formative years. I want to congratulate the hard work of all who have been involved in this initiative of providing leadership and support to the build out of the Explorer’s Club,” he said.

Following the Prime Minister’s remarks, Inspector Isles lead the children in reciting the Explorer’s song and motto and officially handed them over to their new leader, Officer Lauston Percival.

Officer Percival welcomed the Trinity Explorers to his existing group and thanked Inspector Isles and the other members of the National Intervention Team for their hard work and dedication.

“Today I stand here proudly to accept responsibility for the second group. This movement is a movement that will take our young people upwards and forwards. I would like to urge each one of you Trinity Explorers to take what you can from this movement, and I am asking you the parents to come onboard with us. I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to lead another group and I can assure you that I will do my utmost best to make sure that this club and the other one I have responsibility for, move forward in the future,” he said.

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