More than 150 students visited the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) during the first 2018 edition of the Open Day for Schools. They all gathered at the NATO training facility in Bydgoszcz to learn more about the Alliance and about JFTC itself. The event took place on 14 May and was led by Colonel Robert Różyński, the Head of JFTC Headquarters Support Division and Polish senior national representative.
Launched in 2015, the JFTC Open Day for Schools became one of the centre’s traditions. It is organized twice a year as a response to requests for visits JFTC receives from local schools and teachers. This time, the centre prepared two sessions – one for students from Casimir the Great University and Sokrates High School; the other for members of Primary School No 60.
The guests had a chance to deep-dive into Alliance’s history, its principle values and current operations. They also learned more about JFTC’s mission and activities. Additionally, the older group received a briefing combined with a demonstration of simulation tools that are used in support of NATO training in Bydgoszcz. At the end of every session, a question and answer round was arranged. The students met with JFTC members - officers and civilians representing six different nations – who engaged with the guests in very vivid and interesting discussions. They talked about various aspects of work for NATO, soldiers’ experience from allied missions and possible ways of joining NATO institutions.
The next Open Day for Schools is planned for autumn.