When I grow up – I want to be a Pastry Chef
If you can’t see it – you can’t be it! Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) seeks to show the children enrolled in its Early Childhood Education program, where their education might take them. In order to encourage and motivate the children to aspire to jobs needed in the country, BbP has published a series of books entitled “When I Grow up – I want to be a Teacher, – Pilot, – Store Manager, -Paramedic, – ICT Officer and – Farmer. These new books will be launched during Book Week in August.
BbP is seeking to create a mini library with a series of professions, that the children can learn about and which will assist them with making their choices for a future career. Filming and photography of children in professional roles is already underway for the next lot, which will include a Heavy Equipment Operator (Hastings Deering), Pastry Chef (Airways Hotel), Architect (Steamships/Pacific Palms Property), an Engineer (ExxonMobil) as well as a Pharmacist and Nurse with City Pharmacy Limited.
This week, 10 BbP children have visited Airways Hotel’s kitchen to learn about what it takes to become a Pastry Chef. The children have had the unique opportunity to see the big kitchen mixers, ovens, tools and ingredients required to produce some of the finest patisseries and baked goods in the country. Lucky 5-year-old John Kurai Bure will be learning how to decorate cakes alongside the Airways Pastry Chef Ms Rubis John and the visiting children will also be lucky to be able to taste some of the baked creations.
Airways Hotel is a Foundation sponsor of BbP and has been sponsoring a number of Library Learning Centres since 2008 together with other companies under the Constantinou Group banner. This includes Monier, Hebou, Airways Residences and the Sir Theo Foundation.
BbP hopes that this field trip will be one that the children will always remember and will inspire them to want to work for the beautiful hotel that is Airways Hotel. By creating a reader book and a video about this visit, thousands of children across the country can see what it takes to become a Pastry Chef and inspire their career choices.
Filming is carried out by Visual Artist Robert Weber and Photography by Roan Paul, who have been assisting BbP with beautiful images for book publishing and Literacy Week videos.
Airways General Manager Sunilkumar Panda said: “We are pleased to be a part of this mission as we support the goal of BBP to inspire, motivate and enlighten the kids on the importance of education and its impact on their future career.”
Leanne Resson, BbP Executive Officer said: “We are deeply grateful to Airways Hotel for opening their doors to the children and providing them with such a meaningful real-life experience, which is sure to inspire them to want to pursue a career with Airways Hotel. The support provided by Airways Hotel since 2008 has had an amazing impact on the education outcomes of thousands of children and we could not be more grateful.”