Local School Children visit for BRNC International Day

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Wednesday 30th October 2019
Local School Children visit for BRNC International Day Local School Children visit for BRNC International Day

Year six pupils from three local schools were invited to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) as international students under training showcased their countries cultures and traditions.

 

The children from Dartmouth Academy, Kingswear Primary School and Stoke Fleming Primary School joined staff and Cadets for BRNC’s annual ‘International Day’; a day when the international cadets can wear their country’s military uniform, or traditional clothing.

 

With display boards and stalls on the quarter-deck, those attending had the opportunity to sample traditional food, including Arabic coffee, dates and cooked meats. Commander Will Peters, the Commander BRNC, was given the honour of ‘Cracking the Skull’ with his bare hands before eating of the meat could begin.

 

For the schools this was not only an opportunity to learn about the countries and cultures, but also a chance to learn about the training provided at BRNC itself. The international cadets made a real effort to interact with the pupils by showing them DVDs, writing their names in Arabic calligraphy and demonstrating traditional dancing.

 

 

Chief Petty Officer Jason Wallace, BRNC’s international student liaison officer, said: “The international cadets put a lot of effort into making the day a huge success.  International Day has become an important day in the College calendar and is vital to develop cultural understanding within the college community.  This results in a better learning environment and helps everyone to get along with each other.”

International training is part of BRNC’s core output and places the College at the forefront of UK government foreign policy, supporting Defence Diplomacy and the Royal Navy International Defence Engagement Strategy. 

 

Presently there are 45 cadets from 14 nations undergoing initial naval training alongside those destined for careers as Officers in the Royal Navy.  They come from Georgia, Bahamas, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ghana, Belize, Barbados, Columbia, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Egypt and Antigua.

 

A further 25 from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Germany, Jordan, Montenegro, Sri Lanka and the UAE, are receiving English Language training, while 11 from Saudi Arabia and Qatar are studying for degrees accredited by Plymouth University.

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