UK Reception for Youth
Cayman Islands Government Representative in the UK Jennifer Dilbert and Education Minister the Hon. Alden McLaughlin co-hosted the annual Caymanian students' reception at the London Office on Saturday, 25 October.
Also on hand to meet and greet the students were Leader of Government Business, the Hon. Kurt Tibbetts; Cabinet Secretary Orrett Connor and Political Analyst to the LoGB, Barbara Conolly. London Office staff also present included Mary Chandler-Allen, Kate Kandiah and Nadira Lord.
Highlighting the emphasis on education, Minister McLaughlin explained that government scholarships run to several thousands of dollars annually, with over 200 being granted to students studying overseas. He commended the students' hard work and urged them to stay the course and do themselves, their families and the Islands proud.
After inviting the students to introduce themselves, Mr Tibbetts reminded them that many glowing opportunities lay ahead for most of them.
According to Mrs Dilbert, the event was well attended by students studying across the UK who seized the opportunity to network, catch up with friends and meet the delegation from home. "We are very happy to help our students catch up on things Caymanian while they are away at university. Each year, we try to give them a chance to actually get to meet old friends and make new connections," she said.
While the London Office couldn't rustle up any sunshine for the reception, staff ensured a real taste of home with fish fritters, jerk pork, coconut shrimp and chicken roti. Not surprisingly, Caybrew was a drink of choice. Munching on a fish fritter, one student summed up the group's sentiment when she said, "We really appreciate the spread because we surely don't get this at school."
Side Bar: Students Advised to Register
The CI Government Office in London is encouraging all Caymanian students in the UK to register with them.
"Each year, we issue releases asking students arriving to study in the UK to come forward and provide their details for our database. However, I have found that some may still be unaware," said CI Government Representative in London Jennifer Dilbert. She encouraged students who have registered to pass the word to others and urge them to complete the official form.
Students may contact the London office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form. In addition to personal and educational institution data, contact information in Cayman is also kept on file.
A copy of the form is also attached to this release for students to complete and submit to the London Office at 6 Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RE. Phone: 020 -74917772; fax: 020- 74917944.
For further information contact: Bina Mani