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55 Youths Get Duke Of Edinburgh Award

“The award’s non-formal educational model provides an alternative way for young people to gain a sense of self-esteem and achievement.
04 Feb 2022 11:03
55 Youths Get Duke Of Edinburgh Award
Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala with Duke of Edinburgh’s International silver and bronze award recipients at the Civic Centre in Suva on February 2, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fifty-five youths were awarded the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards (DEIA) on Wednesday at  the Civic Centre in Suva.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to recognise young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises.

While officiating at the event, the Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala said not all learning takes place in the classroom, hence youths need to explore  meaningful outdoor activities.

“Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of Fiji,” he said.

“The award’s non-formal educational model provides an alternative way for young people to gain a sense of self-esteem and achievement.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports and Ministry of Education through the award programme wishes to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills which ultimately improves the student’s academic performance.

“The youths have learnt new things and developed skills that will provide them with a sense of leadership and responsibility.

Mr Bala encouraged youths to continue to strive for excellence and believe in themselves.

“To all those participants who might have narrowly missed out on receiving a prize, do not be disheartened,” he said.

“You will get many more opportunities both at school and in life. You will be rewarded for your individual hard work, discipline and dedication.

“Your hard work will not go in vain, you will all be successful when you set your targets right.”

47 youth from different groups in the Central and Eastern Division received their bronze medal awards, while eight silver medals were received by the Head of International School Suva on behalf of the awardees.

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