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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards celebrates 50th anniversary

Date: December 21, 2016
Domain:Youth & Sports
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS -  21 December, 2016: On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, a Special Commemorative Cover and a Souvenir Magazine was launched yesterday by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden. The ceremony was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of Mauritius Post, Mr Giandev Moteea, Chairperson of Mauritius Post, Mrs Usha Brijmohun and other eminent personalities.
In his address to the 25 youngsters who completed the Gold Award, Minister Sawmynaden highlighted that the award is about taking up individual challenges. He added that this will help them develop essential life skills, increase their employability chances and foster creativity and innovation.
The Youth Minister underscored that the programme of the Gold award is a journey which requires persistence, courage, patience and determination to become a responsible citizen. He also acknowledged the collaboration of the Mauritius Police Force in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards.
The Souvenir Magazine includes different projects and activities that have been undertaken by the youngsters in the field of sports, music, creation and innovation and their support to tackle social issues like poverty, amongst others.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Programme in Mauritius was introduced in 1966 in order to allow youngsters to indulge in non-competitive activities ranging from different fields of interest.
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