Last February 13, 2012, Monday, the Awards Ceremony of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People was held at 3:00pm at the ARG Theater, 5th floor, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Taft Campus.
The Awards Ceremony and the Awardees
81 awardees from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, the Girls Scouts of the Philippines, and Ticket to Life will be receiving their Bronze awards. Bea Francisco will be receiving her Gold award and Ana Arce will be receiving her Silver Award along with 8 Bronze awardees from the Deaf community. The Girl Scouts of the Philippines has 52 bronze awardees while Ticket to Life has 19 Bronze awardees. These young people are the first batch from their organizations to receive such distinction.
Miss Mae Paner, aka Juana Change, will keynote the event with National Youth Commission Chairman Leon Flores III as special guest and speaker. Sue Walker, Executive Director, as well as Rob Oliphant, Programme Manager for the International Awards Association Asia Pacific Region, will be present to give their certifications.
The Award Programme in the Philippines
The Award in the Philippines is slowly gaining ground. Independent Operators include the Girls Scouts of the Philippies, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Ticket to Life, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, British School Manila, Luciano Memorial School of Arts and Trade, Green Valley College/One Young Mindanao, and Cor Jesu College-Br. Polycarp Institute for Community Development Foundation, Inc. Very soon, South Hill School, Los Banos will also be joining the award programme.
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People
The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to everyone with ages 14 to 25 years old. It equips them with life skills, builds their confidence, and engages them with their communities. Over 7 million young people worldwide have taken up the Award challenge.
The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own Award Programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
The Award transforms lives. Some of the Programme’s participants include young offenders, street kids, youth and children in conflict areas, and young people with disabilities. The award can prove a decisive turning point, not only in their lives, but also to people around them.
To know more about the award, visit www.intaward.org.
edited by: Marina Viktoria De Los Reyes