GIS – October 13, 2014: The Youth Excellence Award produces only winners, as anyone engaged in the pursuit of excellence cannot lose. The Award urges the youth to champion a search for distinction and to nurture a sense of brilliance in whatever they undertake, stated the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Satyaprakash Ritoo on 11 October 2014 at the Award Ceremony of the 7th Edition of the Youth Excellence Award at Le Méridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments.
According to the Minister, through the Award young people are encouraged to adopt and advocate a culture of excellence which goes beyond the average and the ordinary. ‘We are made aware of the outstanding qualities of our youth who demonstrate their commitment to their personal and social development in ways that enrich our society’, he stated.
The Minister also observed that young people are facing a number of challenges in modern society and it is important to engage youth in initiatives that not only bring them knowledge and skills but also enable them nurture good values and humility so as to progress even more in the future.
Open to young people aged between 14 and 29 years, this year’s edition of the Youth Excellence Award launched on 8 May 2014 was organised jointly with SICOM.
Participants were called upon to submit a project in any one of the following areas of interest: Literary Promotion; Artistic Pursuit; Technology/Innovation; Art and Design; and Leadership in the field of Socioeconomic Development.
Three prizes were awarded for each of the five categories. Winners were rewarded with a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a Trophy. The first runner up received a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and the second received a cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a Shield.
The broader aim of the Youth Excellence Award is to give young people the opportunity to highlight their involvement in the social, economic, cultural, artistic and other youth-related fields through a project; promote high youth achievers as role models to inspire other youth; reward outstanding projects; and showcase original and innovative projects which demonstrate a sense of initiative and a search for excellence by young people. Projects should also address a community need as well as be sustainable, and have scope/potential for development.
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