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Sound Advice From Gold Award Recipient Chand

  With the rise in attacks on young women in Fiji and around the world it is important that they learn self defence to protect them. This was the view
05 Jul 2018 10:00
Sound Advice From Gold Award Recipient Chand
Gold award recipient, Saathvika Chand, with her mother Kritika Chand after the Duke of Edinburgh International Award ceremony at Tilak High School in Lautoka on July 4, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

 

With the rise in attacks on young women in Fiji and around the world it is important that they learn self defence to protect them.

This was the view of 19-year-old Saathvika Chand, who was among 26 Duke of Edinburgh International gold award recipients at Tilak High School in Lautoka yesterday.

“I’ve learned to discipline myself through this programme and to become an independent woman,” Saathvika said.

“With rapid changes happening around the world I think it’s important that young girls learn skills to protect themselves.

“I was able to learn few karate skills and self defence moves, which I believe will come in handy.”

Saathvika also managed to get a driving licence in the 12 months of physical recreational skills, which was a requirement for a gold awardee.

“I’ve also learnt survival skills in the programme. We went out camping deep in the highlands of Fiji and were taught how to survive under that type of environment,” she said.

“This programme is like the survival of the fittest. Being the only child at home I was kind of scared at first, but then it has really helped me to become an independent woman.

“My only advice to all young girls is to join this programme because it instills in you the spirit never to depend on anyone to survive, but your own self.”

Saathvika is a Fiji National University student pursuing a Bachelor of Science hopes to become a forensic science specialist.

For the past three years, Saathvika has been part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“This is the most prestigious achievement of this award and I’ve worked hard over the past years to meet the criteria of getting this gold award,” she said.

The Duke of Edinburgh award was founded by the Duke of Edinburgh with a German educationalist, Kurt Hahn, in 1956.

It is a programme that would be a ‘do it yourself kit in the art of civilised living’.

There are currently 75 award units involving schools and youth clubs, 117 award leaders and 1438 young people were part of this programme in Fiji.

Young people aged between 14 and 24 years old are eligible.

Edited by Percy Kean

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