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174 For Duke’s Awards On Friday

One hundred and seventy-four young people will receive the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DEIA) on Friday at the Lautoka Botanical Garden. The young people between the ages of 18
29 Jul 2015 10:52
174 For Duke’s Awards On Friday
DEIA programme participants learn to cook in the open. Photo: DEIA

One hundred and seventy-four young people will receive the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DEIA) on Friday at the Lautoka Botanical Garden.

The young people between the ages of 18 to 25, participated in extracurricular activities by planning, organising and helping in community service projects.

DEIA is also aimed at starting income generation projects in schools.

The award has three levels – gold, silver and bronze.

The gold award is set aside to be presented by the head of State or the President.

DEIA in Fiji is a part of the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Youth Development and Training Unit.

The ministry’s divisional youth officer West, Valami Naloga said 19 schools were assisted this year by DEIA.

Activities participants were involved in included community service at hospitals, senior citizens’ home, orphanage and school beautification projects.

“The total amount allocated was $47,500. It was approved by Vodafone ATH Foundation for these 19 schools, with $2500 for each school,” he said.

He said the first quarter of teachers who co-ordinated the DEIA programme in their various schools went through a Train the Trainer course.

The recommedation for award qualification was conducted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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