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SAILING | Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation and the Center for Sport Excellence announce Memorandum of Understanding

3rd Nov 2021

In: Sailing Post By: Maria

The Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation (JYSF) and the Center for Sport Excellence (CSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will provide an accredited education and training structure for the programs offered by the JYSF. The basis of the MoU revolves around the concept of ‘learning by doing’ which will allow participants to practice sport, learn and develop life skills through the sport of sailing. 

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JYSF Administrator, Wilfrid Buttigieg stated: “This project is based upon the belief that the sailing experience provides for the development of life skills such as teamwork, discipline, communication, a sense of adventure, maritime-related skills, and more.  Hence the main aim is that participants are allowed to obtain the necessary life skills and attitudes to become active citizens with the ability to succeed at work and in society.”

Founder of the CSE , Martin Borg, explained that "This MoU will lead to the development of education and training provision that is non-formal and applied. We will be jointly working so that we ensure students enjoy their activity through sailing and at the same time meet the requirements as established by the directorate for standards and quality in education"

Mr. Buttigieg added: “The signing of this MOU is another step forward for the Foundation whereby we will also provide an accredited curriculum program. The transformation of the acquired learning experience into an accredited certificate will be useful for our participants when entering the world of employment. We are aware that several students who have been introduced to sailing via the Foundation have now found employment in the maritime sector. We aim to keep working in this direction and provide all participants who commit beyond the first sessions with accredited certification according to the levels of experience and training they achieve.”  

Background Info:

The Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation (JYSF) is an NGO that administers ‘Jarhead’ and ‘JYS-JAN’ i.e. two 36-foot J-109 racing sailing boats as well a 28-foot engine powered Axopar support boat which assists the sailing boats when required. The JYSF works closely with several NGOs and the national education authorities intending to reach out to youths according to its statutory goals. 

Students from NGOs such as Youth.Inc (Malta’s National Youth Agency), the Malta Trust Foundation, the Equal Partners Foundation, St.Patricks Salesian School Sliema, Fondazzjoni Seb?, Dar Tal-Providenza, the national education systems’ ‘Learning Centres’ and other Voluntary Organisations are given priority since the aims of these organisations run in parallel with the scope established by the founders of the JYSF. 

More information regarding the Jarhead Young Sailors Foundation may be found via its website -  www.jarheadyoungsailorsmalta.org, Facebook and Instgram pages @jysmalta Alternatively via email on [email protected]  or phone +356 9997 7778.

The Center for Sport Excellence is an international ecosystem in sport and education based in Malta that aims to develop and sustain the performance level of sports persons through education, training, events, and research. More information on the Center for Sport Excellence may be found via its website www.centerforsportexcellence.com or phone +356 7930 3267.