PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITES FOR ALL CHILDREN TO BECOME "MARITIME PROFESSIONALS".
INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF SEAFARERS, SHIPPING AND THE MARITIME COMMUNITY, TO THE NON-MARITIME COMMUNITY, WITH AN IMMEDIATE FOCUS ON YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS.
The Non-Maritime Community needs to learn how dependent their current and future quality of life is on Seafarers, Shipping and the Maritime Community. Higher levels of "AWARENESS" by the general public will increase the effectiveness of the work of the IMO and everyone in the Maritime Community. This knowledge needs to continue to increase with every generation. Although it can be very difficult, time consuming and expensive, it is critically important to increase the "awareness" of our Children. The participation of women in the Maritime Community has increased in recent years, but the percentage of women currently participating in Shipping is extremely low. Focusing programs for all Children, starting at age 10, will expand our potential to bring more of the best and brightest young men and young women into an ever-expanding range of challenging and rewarding Maritime and Maritime related careers that will create the leaders who will develop future Maritime Policies.
A SOLUTION: "FREE Adopt A Ship" program.
The "Adopt A Ship" program is a FREE, useful, sustainable, enjoyable and well-developed "tool" that can help begin the process of increasing the Children's "awareness" of Seafarers, Shipping and the Maritime Community, and the very important role they play in the quality of life for everyone on the planet. This can help increase the number of countries where Seafarers, and other "Maritime Professionals", are recognized as "Essential Workers".
History: The "Adopt a Ship" Program was initiated by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, (CSC), and the Cyprus Maritime Environmental Protection Association, (CYMEPA), in 2006 to bring together the Elementary Schools and Seafarers on board ships operated by CSC Members. Enclosed is a link to a 4-minute film from the CSC, which explains their Adopt A Ship program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwdbamNKOoo The program expanded into the Philippines, Poland, India and Greece in 2017. More than 80 ships participated in the Cyprus program, and more than 50 ships participated in the Poland program, in 2019. More than 35,000 Children participated globally in 2019. Adopt A Ship and AaSOS programs for elementary school Children in India have already resumed. They will expand in India and in the Philippines as soon as elementary schools resume in-classroom learning. Facebook: "Adopt A Ship International" has photos, videos and PowerPoints of Adopt A Ship events. "Adopt a Ship" www.adoptaship.org has been praised by a United Nations Working Group, IMO Secretary General, CSC, Cyprus Government, InterManager, The Nautical Institute, Maritime Awareness Program Society, (MAPS), IWSF, and many others.
HOW the basic "Adopt A Ship program" operates.
Versions of the Adopt A Ship program vary from country to country. The basic program consists of: