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Joel Francis, Ministry Assistant Chief Officer (right) thanks Frank E. Flowers Jr. for visiting schools

Published 25th September 2006, 12:15pm

A smaller group of drama students later took part in a questions and answers session with Mr. Flowers, following a screening of his short film, 'Swallow', which deals with the issue of drugs. The working group concentrated on numerous aspects of film-making, from creative to production, as well as opportunities for careers within the industry.

The group's drama teacher, Mrs. Nasaria Suckoo Chollette, felt the session was beneficial to her students because, "He put all of their dreams into perspective". She said, "He let them know how rare it is for someone to make it as an actor, and warned them of all the hard work and dedication required to be a success in the film industry." She added, "Overall, he inspired them to reach for higher goals by bringing them face-to-face with the reality of the work that it takes to get there."

During his subsequent visit to the George Hicks Campus, Mr. Flowers engaged drama students in another lively debate. Once again, the Caymanian film director kept the focus clearly on issues facing Cayman's youth, demonstrating a keen interest and awareness on the matter, as well as an innate ability to connect with students on sensitive issues.

The week's sessions were organised by the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture. The Minister, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, JP, was excited by the collaborative efforts of Mr. Flowers and the Ministry, remarking, "As an accomplished young Caymanian with an awareness of social issues impacting upon young people, Frank Flowers Jr. is well-poised to win the hearts and minds of those who may be most susceptible to the negative influences of peer pressure, and to help in guiding them down a more productive path. By working with him, we have an ideal opportunity to send powerful positive messages to youngsters, and also to demonstrate to them that they have access to a support structure, which understands and cares." He added, "Students will benefit also from learning first-hand about Frankie's remarkable achievements, which serve as a compelling reminder, both of the potential rewards of working hard, and also of the fact that in making life choices, they need only be limited by their imaginations."

Although the Minister was unable to attend the school sessions himself, owing to an overseas commitment on education matters, Mr. Flowers was accompanied on his visits by senior Ministry Officials, Joel Francis, Assistant Chief Officer, and Vaughan Carter, Deputy Chief Officer.

The Ministry is now working with Mr. Flowers to organize similar sessions for the benefit of students, during Mr. Flowers' planned return visits to Cayman, later this year.

Frank E. Flowers Jr. engages drama students at John Gray
Frank E. Flowers Jr. engages drama students at John Gray
Frank E. Flowers Jr. takes assembly at John Gray
Frank E. Flowers Jr. takes assembly at John Gray
Frank E. Flowers Jr. addresses students at the George Hicks campus
Frank E. Flowers Jr. addresses students at the George Hicks campus