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Students Get Global Challenge Award

Students Get Global Challenge Award
April 27
13:20 2016

The students each attained the Gold award

 

Loading sugarcane onto trucks, climbing rugged terrain and battling unpredictable weather in forest areas failed to deter eight young individuals from attaining a Gold achievement in an internationally-recognised award.

The Duke of Edinburgh International Awards was officiated by the President, Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konousi Konrote at Ba’s Xavier College yesterday.

Meanwhile, one other student, Divikesh Kumar, will receive his Gold award at Buckingham Palace on May 13 (Report on Page 17).

Part of the tasks which participants carried out last year included planting 1300 plants in the Suva’s CBD and mitigating the rate of greenhouse gases released in the city.

The ceremony heard that the students had to achieve all goals over a two-year period.

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is comprised of three levels and four sections.

Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their award.

At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

The awards are given in three categories namely Bronze, for youths over 14 years old, Silver for those over 15 years and Gold for those over 16 years.

The sections are Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Adventurous Journey and Residential Project.

The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time and understand the benefits of this service to their community.

The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

The Physical Recreation section of the award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition.

As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.

The Residential Project, completed only at Gold level, aims to broaden participants’ horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.

The challenge award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

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