GIS - 13 July. 2018: An award ceremony, to reward 37 young women and 52 young men, who have successfully completed the Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, was held yesterday at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall. The Acting President of the Republic, Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Mauritius, Mr Keith Rennie Allan, and other eminent personalities were present at the event.
In his keynote address, the Acting President of the Republic and the Patron of the Award, congratulated all Gold Award recipients who have undertaken this programme and successfully excelled in its completion. He emphasised that the Award programme has created opportunities for the participants to develop life skills, serve the community, experience adventure as well as give an edge to their employability skills. The acquisition of these skills complements the formal education of these youngsters, he added.
The International Award, he underlined, has played a vital role in contributing significantly to the character-building of young participants, with emphasis on key qualities such as integrity, humility, respect, generosity, and patriotism. On this score, he pointed out that these youngsters have been imbued with essential qualities that they will take forward, beyond their school environment.
Mr Vyapoory highlighted that this transformative journey has enabled youngsters to nurture self-confidence so as to become more resilient and demonstrate leadership capabilities as regards problem solving. He appealed to them, as agents of change, to be dedicated and committed so as to adapt to challenges and achieve ambitious life goals.
For his part, the Minister of Youth and Sports, highlighted that this Gold Award ceremony recognises the achievements of dynamic and determined young people while ascertaining that all traits of character have been developed and enhanced through this adventurous programme.
Mr Toussaint also underscored that the programme has marked another milestone as three Award Units have signed the sub-licence which will provide them with a degree of independence for them to grow in the Award. They are namely Rays of Hope Association, Fellowship First Aiders and Mauritius Scouts Association. He also added that the Award journey is also open to youngsters in Rehabilitation Youth Centres and Correctional Youth Centres and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working with disabled persons.
Moreover, Minister Toussaint commended the commitment of participating colleges and NGOs as well as teachers who have worked during week-ends and holidays to accompany groups of youngsters on training. The Mauritius Police Force, the Special Mobile Force, the National Coast Guard and the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Services have also provided assistance during outdoor activities, he underscored.
As regards boosting the confidence of the youngsters, he called on them to use their talents judiciously as they embark on different roads of life and invited them to be fully involved in the forthcoming Indian Ocean Islands Games which will be held from 19 to 28 July 2019.
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Award concept, with three levels, namely bronze award, silver award and gold award, is one of individual challenge. In line with its mission of equipping participants with the necessary aptitudes to succeed in life, 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.
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