Celebrating the hard work, resilience and perseverance is a critical aspect of the International Award for Young People Nigeria and on Thursday the 19th of January, 2023, over 300 young Awardees from 28 government schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were celebrated during the Bronze and Silver Award Presentation ceremony held at Government Secondary School, Garki, Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The International Award for Young People, Nigeria, Mr. Olawale Edun, reiterated the Award’s commitment to assist youth to discover their infinite potential by giving them access to a high-quality, non-formal education and learning experience which provide worldwide recognition for their achievement.
The board chairman encouraged the Awardees to aspire and progress to the gold level of the Award. He said: “This framework enables the Awardees to find out the role that they would play in the community by helping the community. Today we are recognizing their achievements because they have set goals and have achieved them.”
Mr. Wale Edun noted that the Award inculcates positive life skills in young people through a set of framework sections which lead to the development of leadership skills, a sense of selfless service to the community, self-confidence, self-esteem, endurance and skills that focus on improving their commitment to education as well as their employment levels.
He also thanked the volunteers and the teachers who are helping the Awardees in various activities.
The Deputy British High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones was well represented by Mr. Jonathan Bacon , who commended the Awardees and urged them not to rest on their oars as the framework will help them face life’s challenges.
Mr. Jonathan Bacon, said: “It is great to meet some of the Awardees and to hear their stories. The Duke of Edinburgh International Award also known in Nigeria as The International Award for Young People has been going on for over 50 years. Your stories today have represented the values placed on the framework by the board.
The Deputy Director, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, Dr. Ajayi Olatunde, promised that the government would continue to support the group, while commending the Awardees for the achievement.
The Award ceremony was attended by Mr. Adebayo Olawale Edun, Chairman Board of trustees of The International Award for Young People Nigeria; Mr. Abdulrahman Sambo Trustee of the International Award for Young People Nigeria; Mr. Jonathan Bacon, representing The Deputy British High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones Dr. Ajayi Oluyemi Olatunde Deputy Director Co-curricular FCT Secondary Education Board; Alhaji Danjuma Ochidi representative of the DG Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre; Mr. Tonte Lawson Representative of Executive Director Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority; Mr. Aminu Muhammad Director National Children’s Park and Zoo, Abuja.
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