GIS – August 30, 2013: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Mauritius, the new appellation for the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA), was unveiled on 28 August 2013 during a ceremony held at La Plantation Hotel, in Balaclava.
The new logo was made public on that occasion following the decision of the International Award Office to undertake a rebranding process of Award operators worldwide. All award authorities have had to reapply for conditional licence and go through the process of validation before obtaining the full license.
Mauritius hence becomes the first country in Africa and 2nd country in the world to satisfy the criteria of the International Award Office by being granted the full licence certificate. The President of the Republic, Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK, as patron of this programme, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Satyaprakash Ritoo, and other personalities were present at the ceremony.
In his statement, the President of the Republic said that the participation of young people in the Award has made Mauritius win the first place in Africa and second place worldwide as regards the full licence certificate. He expressed hope that young people from the Republic of Mauritius will participate fully in the Award for the benefit of the country and enhancing their sense of responsibility.
For his part, Minister Ritoo, said that the programme is today challenging more and more youth, equipping them with life skills to become better citizens who can stand up on their own and take their destiny in their hands. The programme in fact empowers them to be good leaders, he observed.
Both personalities also highlighted that the youth of the country constitute a potential national resource and can become a vital factor for development for Mauritius. Thus the importance given by Government for their growth, they said.
Rebranding of the Award
The rebranding process entailed the creation of a new name, logo, colour and new dimension, that is, the Global Award Family and One World - One Award. The first launching was held in December 2012 in Malta whereby all National Award Authorities agreed to standardise and harmonise the Award Programme worldwide with a common name and logo. The Award Programme was rebranded as the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Mauritius (ex NYAA Programme) is a challenging self-development programme which is offered by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to young Mauritians aged between 14 to 25 years for 47 years now. The first presentation of Awards was held on the eve of the accession of Mauritius to independence in 1968.
The programme exists in more than 140 countries. Eight million young people worldwide 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.
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