Africa-Press – Mauritius. A first batch of Gold award winners of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Mauritius, was rewarded with Gold certificates and badges for having successfully completed the gold level of the programme.
The 30 students of the Mahatma Gandhi Secondary School Flacq received from the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun and the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, Mr.
Stephan Toussaint, the awards during a ceremony held yesterday at the State House in Réduit. In his address, President Roopun congratulated all the participants of the programme, who he said, have all strived to do their best and reach the highest level of achievement.
He associated the success of all the award winners to the unflinching support of their educators, parents and agencies such as the Mauritius Police Force. Furthermore, Mr. Roopun highlighted that the initiative is geared towards encouraging all youths to engage in extracurricular activities.
According to him, the life ambition of students to excel academically should be rebalanced with the acquisition of other qualities that will help young people to grow into responsible adults.
The Award Programme, he stated, is a great way to acquire to all valuable life skills including good communication skills, resilience, confidence, discipline and empathy.
Besides, Mr. Roopun encouraged them to remain attuned to daunting challenges facing them at both the local and international levels. As citizens and leaders of tomorrow, you should continually learn and share in humility and contribute in solving problems, show compassion and inspire others.
The President urged the award winners to contribute to the society and the country’s progress in all spheres, so that their respective effort combines to make the whole difference in the community.
As for Minister Toussaint, he underlined that the prestigious programme gives the necessary tools to youths to be able to face life and its challenges through the different activities that are offered.
These important tools will help you in becoming responsible adults, he emphasised. The Sports Minister also stressed that the country needs the contribution of the youths, who he pointed out, are the future of the country. What you have learnt during the programme will help you run the country in different fields, he added.