GIS – August 27, 2014: A National Directors’ Regional Conference in the context of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme opened this morning at Zilwa Attitude Hotel, Calodyne. The theme retained is Strategic Leadership – The Award in Excellence.
Organised jointly by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, the three-day conference is bringing together 30 participants from 12 countries to discuss matters relating to the running and management of the Award in their respective countries. Delegates from the following countries are attending: Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Uganda, Seychelles, South Africa and Zambia.
The Secretary General of the Award Foundation, Mr John May, as well as the Regional Director for Africa, Mr Edwin Kimani, are attending.
Discussions are focusing on effective communication, good leadership and corporate governance that are pre-requisites for the effective operation of Award authorities. Other issues being addressed are social networking and the use of digital platforms as tools for communication.
‘Able leadership, structured planning and good governance determine the strategic direction of any youth development programme’, said the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Satyaprakash Ritoo, in his opening address at the conference.
According to the Minister, effective governance and efficient operating structures, against the backdrop of a time-optimised blueprint, are indeed central to the Award Programme. Excellence in governance is therefore instrumental for the perennial sustainability of the Award Programme, he pointed out.
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.
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