GIS - 1st December, 2016: Youth employability continues to be Government’s priority, and the SICOM Youth Excellence Award promotes young entrepreneurs who essentially are the future captains of industry, said the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Yogida Sawmynaden last night at the Award Ceremony of the 9th Edition of the Youth Excellence Award at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Moka.
The Minister announced that a mentoring service will be offered to those being rewarded during this year’s Award edition so as to help them fructify their projects. Government is relying on young people to realise its vision of transforming Mauritius into an entrepreneurship nation, he pointed out.
Speaking about youth strategies, Mr Sawmynaden referred to the National Youth Policy 2016 which is articulated around training, sensitisation and leisure. The aim is to ensure training, promote social and professional integration, strengthen the fight against scourges and encourage a healthy lifestyle while respecting cultures and human rights.
The Minister also observed that the year 2016 at the level of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has seen a reevaluation of youth-related programmes which must be carried out regularly as each generations have their own specificities. Through Government’s vision entitled Smart Youth 2020, we are better attuned with the ever evolving needs of young people, he added.
The 9th Edition
Open to young people aged between 16 and 29 years, this year’s edition of the Youth Excellence Award launched on 27 June 2016 was organised jointly with SICOM.
Participants were called upon to submit a project in any one of the following areas of interest: Music and Arts; Entrepreneurship and Business Development Initiative; and, Community Development Initiative.
Three prizes were awarded for each of the three categories. Winners were rewarded with a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a Trophy. The first runner up received a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a Shield, and the second runner up a cash prize of Rs 25,000 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.
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