GIS– 10 December, 2015: Certificates were presented to some 700 participants Award Leaders (300 aged above 25 years) and young people (400 aged between aged between 14 and 24 years having completed the bronze and silver level) in the context of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Mauritius.
Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the award ceremony was held yesterday at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, in Moka, and was preceded by the Grand Spectacle of the ARTkoostik youth development project. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, and the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun Luchoomun, were present on that occasion.
Out of the 400 young people having received their certificates after successfully completing the bronze and silver level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Mauritius, 30 are benefitting from ARTkoostik. The Award Leaders, comprising mainly teachers and people engaged in NGOs, will be called upon to guide and train young people interested in following the Award programme.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Mauritius, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is a challenging self-development programme open to young people aged between 14 and 24 years.
Over 8 million young people in more than 140 countries and some 50 000 young Mauritians have followed the Programme.
The Award concept - with three levels bronze award, silver award and gold award - is one of individual challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility towards themselves and service to their community.
It is recalled that in 2013 the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation had approved and funded a youth development project for three years (2014–2016). This project known as ARTKoostik aims at empowering young people from vulnerable groups through artistic, leisure, sports and cultural activities.
The objective is to help these youth develop their artistic talents through activities and encourage them to join the Award.
Young participants are thus guided to learn how to cope with challenges by developing the required life skills so as to gain self-confidence, better self-esteem and motivation. Participants are, through this project, expected to become socio-economically empowered.
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