Sunday, July 5, 2015

17. Proposed training for pioneers


Switzerland can not only select the refugees with the right skill sets to start a pilot pioneer community, but train refugees for the right skill sets they will need as pioneers to be successful.

In order for the pilot pioneer settlement to be successful, the refugees that want to become pioneers have to be trained. The refugees selected to partake in the pilot pioneer settlement are carefully selected according to the skills they already have. Much of the training is done “on the job” at the communal center and on the homestead by “doing and learning” with the guidance of pioneers and volunteers who are ready to share their skills. The local native Indians teach the pioneers how to fish, hunt, and use the locally available plants and herbs. Canadian businessmen teach the pioneers how to manage their communal cooperative settlement. Volunteers, in the spirit of “peace corps”,offer their services as teachers for other needed skills as required.  The more trained the refugees are, the more chance they have of becoming successful pioneers.

Canada and Switzerland have a great deal in common, despite their superficial glaring differences.  Both countries have a history of having successful immigrants. It is no wonder that both countries are regarded and respected by the international community as being tolerant, generous, and trustworthy. Both countries share similar geographies, despite Switzerland being about 240 times smaller than Canada. This makes it perhaps the best country to train the refugees for life as pioneers in Canada.

Switzerland has a long and a high reputation for training children of the world`s elite in exclusive private schools. Switzerland has maintained, into the present, the time proven system of apprenticeship programs to train their citizens. It is proposed that Switzerland promotes and subsidizes their apprenticeship programs to train refugees for the following skills they would need to succeed as pioneers in Canada:
  • Farming
  • Mechanics
  • Healthcare providers
  • Cheese making
  • Chocolate making
  • Constructing trails
  • Making roads
  • Making campgrounds
  • Felling trees (lumberjacks)
  •  Lumberyard working
  • Building houses (Swiss Chalets)
  • Gravel and stone workers
  • Tourism industry
  • Setting up and running apprenticeship programs
Once there are a sufficient number of skilled pioneers, the pioneers can take over the job of training any newcomers that need to be trained.

Canada and Switzerland despite their obvious differences have a lot in common. They can work together to provide a dignified solution to many refugees.

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