More than 30 miniature doctors, nurses, pilots and even an astronaut and a pop princess paraded around Pasadora Place last week.
Youngsters ages 2 to 6 marched in the “Parade of Little Professionals,” which is part of a careers day hosted by the Shining Stars Childhood Care and Education Centre.
“The theme for this month is community helpers … Through this event we are actually instilling in our children’s young minds the importance of education,” said school coordinator Angela Ocasion.
“If a child says, ‘Teacher, I want to become a doctor or an astronaut some day,’ we are telling them they have to come to school and learn because that will serve as a guiding light for them to achieve their goals.”
Kids marched hand in hand as aspiring professional football players, police officers, and preachers, but the health profession proved to be the most popular among the preschoolers.
“The Cayman Islands will be well prepared and well supplied with employees of doctors and nurses in about 20 years,” said school director Robert Stuart.
Before participating in the careers day, kids got a chance to check out other professions, including jobs at the airport, and the fire station,
“It is very important to allow them to dream and the dreams will come true,” said Mr. Stuart.
The parents of 2-year-old Rhaj Barrow were not surprised when he opted to dress up as a pilot for the school march last week.
“Almost every weekend we are at the airport by the waving gallery, watching the planes. He loves the planes. He’s only two, and he can tell you the names of all the planes that come here and where they go,” said his dad Richard Barrow.
Mr. Barrow said he was proud to see his son dressed up in the parade and that the event served as a good stepping stone for his child’s future.
“… It’s good to have some direction even if that is only for a short term period until they get older, but it is good …,” Mr. Barrow. He said it is important for parents to take an active role in their child’s schooling. “They spend the majority of their time with their teachers, and the teachers can’t do it alone, they need the support of the parents.”
Many parents were there to lend a helping hand during the march, but kids were not afraid to express their individuality – opting for different professions than those of their parents.
“Their career choice is very important, and I think that is a decision they should make on their own with guidance from their parents. It’s not just about loving a profession because it might be glamorous or prestigious. I think when you love something, that’s what makes the difference; it makes you want to get up everyday and do it,” said Mr. Barrow.