GIS – 19 December, 2016: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a privileged means to empower young citizens through training such as the Police Service Course so that in turn they can put into practice the knowledge they have acquired in their respective regions and communities and serve as role-models within the society, said the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, on 16 December 2016 at the Line Barracks in Port Louis.
The Minister was addressing, at the Police Research and Development Unit, 25 young Gold Award participants taking a five-day Police Service Course in the context of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Mauritius.
The International Award is a challenging self-development programme which is offered by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to young Mauritians aged between 14 to 24 years for 50 years now.
In his speech, Mr Sawmynaden said that the Course has much to offer to participants and is in line with the objective of expanding the fight against the proliferation of drugs as well as with the resolve of limiting accidents on our roads, and sensitising youth on social ills such as gender-based violence and on other threats including cybercrimes. The Minister also acknowledged the support of the Mauritius Police Force as a major stakeholder of the Award programme.
For his part, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Karl Mario Nobin stated that the opportunity is being offered to participants to be acquainted with elements and Units that make the Police Force proud. It is hoped that, by way of these interactions, participants will become transformed citizens as they represent the future of the country and will in turn educate the youth of Mauritius to follow a path that is worthy of our ancestral values which are respect, dignity, patience and perseverance.
Police Service Course
Participants are being exposed to certain aspects of the work effected by the Police Force which will allow them to deepen their knowledge about life and to act as role models within the society.
The proposed programme includes several workshops and visits to the Police Helicopter Squadron, the National Coast Guard, Traffic Branch, and route march with experts from the Special Mobile Force; team-building exercises and self-defense demonstrations by the staff of the Police Training School; presentations on domestic violence; and sensitisations on substance abuse, synthetic drugs, and misuse of social networks.
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.
At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project. The aim is to broaden participants' horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.
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