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184 Receives Awards

184 Receives Awards
August 02
10:06 2015

About 184 young people were awarded the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards (DEIA) last Friday in Lautoka.

This was in recognition of their efforts to challenge themselves, get involved in youth work and create a brighter future for young Fijians.

The recipients joined more than 850,000 young people from 140 countries around the world who are part of the DEIA programme.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, officiated as chief guest at the presentation of the gold, silver and bronze DEIA Awards.

“Nothing pleases me more than this as your Minister for Youth and Sports to stand here among compatible and dedicated individuals like yourselves,” Mr Tuitubou said.

He said the ministry had visited more than 300 youth groups around the country in an effort to communicate and bring Government’s service to those at grassroots level.

“Government is now more than ever, committed to providing assistance and services to all Fijians, irrespective of creed, faith, race or gender.

“This Government promotes and emphasises inclusiveness for all Fijians despite one’s social status and disability. Therefore, all Fijian citizens will continue to enjoy the benefits and services Government has to offer.”

Mr Tuitubou said DEIA was the world’s leading achievement awards for young people who strive to build a world where young people could realise their potential despite their circumstances.

“You, as young people, will one day take over the leadership mantle from your elders and will eventually become the key decision-makers in your communities.

“Taking part in it builds confidence and builds self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a long lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people.”

He urged young Fijians to join DEIA which helped inspire guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.

“Young people today are coming of age in transformative times, marked by rapid change and shifting demographics, but you are also a vital source of ideas, renewal and optimism for our society,” he said.

 

Founder

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded by The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist. Both were concerned that young people’s development lacked in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a ‘do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living’.

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award from 14-24 Yrs of Age:

  • Three levels and four sections: Participants complete all four sections at each level inorder to achieve their award.
  • Gold level: Participants complete a Residential Project.
  • Bronze level: Over 14 years old
  • Silver level : Over 15 years old
  • Gold level : Over 16 years old

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