Press release

Johannesburg, 28 February 2017

Awarding Mpumalanga youth for perseverance

Our youth are our future and encouraging young people to be the best version of themselves, regardless of where they come from, their race, gender or economic situation – is vital to building a better South Africa. This is exactly what the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment aims to do. Their vision is to reach as many young people as possible, between the ages of 14 – 24, from diverse backgrounds and equip them as individuals to succeed in life.

Youth Participants are guided by volunteer adult Award Leaders through three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to obtain these internationally recognised Awards, they are required to complete various sections of activity: developing skills; participating in regular physical recreation; offering service in the community; and completing an adventurous journey – for Bronze and Silver levels. At the Gold level a residential project is also required. Enrolment is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 24. Bronze and Silver levels take about six months to complete and Gold at least a year.

The Mpumalanga President’s Award ceremony is coming up soon on 4 March 2017 at Penryn College in Nelspruit  from 11h00-12h00. There will be about 70 young people attending. The groups getting awarded will be from Penryn College, Uplands College, Lowveld High, Fundinjobo High, Sabane Secondary, Mthombo Secondary, Sitintile High and Mamkhulu.org. The MEC for Education in Mpumalanga has also been invited to attend. There will be motivational talks, music and moving testimonials from Award holders and the actual awards ceremony.

The Award Programme is promoted through three broad target areas in South Africa:

  • Learning for Life: with the focus being on schools, tertiary institutions as well as youth organisations, such as the Scouts, Girl Guides and Sea Cadets
  • Phakama: caters for the specialised needs of community youth groups and residential child care centres, including children’s homes, shelters and secure care centres
  • Ready: targets young offenders within correctional centres

The President’s Award (TPA) is a non-profit organisation that is affiliated to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People and is a full member of the International Award Foundation which oversees the Award Programme in over 140 countries globally, with 25 of these being in Africa, and a total of over one million active participants internationally.

This global framework for non-formal education is based on a number of guiding principles: each individual designs their own programme; this is a non-competitive personal challenge; the Award is voluntary; it fosters personal and social development; it provides a balanced framework to develop the individual’s mind, body and community spirit; it’s progressive; inspires people to exceed their expectations; it requires persistence; and it is enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding. There are clearly defined outcomes that include building confidence, resilience and determination, leadership, fostering relationships, planning and creativity. There are defined impact measures to ensure the long-term value of the Award to the individuals and society.

“Our long term ambition is that every eligible young person will have the opportunity to participate in the Award. As important as it is to reflect on our past achievements, it is vital for young people to consider their futures – the future of our country and their own individual futures. It is also important for youth to consider how their individual future will play a part in our country’s future. The President’s Award is a journey – to experiment and find out what one’s purpose and passion are in this world. It is about finding out who you are as an individual, what makes you unique and special and how you can contribute to making South Africa a better place,” said Lara Kruiskamp, CEO of the President’s Award South Africa.

ENDS

About The President’s Award

The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (TPA) is affiliated to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People and is a full member of the International Award Foundation which oversees the Award Programme in over 140 countries globally, with 25 of these being in Africa, and a total of over one million active participants internationally.  TPA is a registered non-profit organisation (004-920NPO) with Public Benefit Organisation status, registered with SARS (PBO#930001329).

TPA motivates young people to develop character, discover their purpose and determine their future to contribute towards building a great South Africa.  The Award Programme targets 14-24 year olds across the socio-economic spectrum, from public and private schools, children’s homes, correctional services centres, universities, etc. A global framework for non-formal education has set guiding principles, outcomes for young people and impact measures.

Youth Participants progress at their own pace through three Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. There are four sections to the Programme for each level: 1. Skills Development; 2. Physical Recreation; 3. Service to the Community and; 4. an Adventurous Journey. In addition, a Residential Project is required for the Gold Award level. With guidance from volunteer adult Award Leaders, each young person builds confidence by reflecting upon their interests, abilities and ambitions to set themselves challenges.

www.presidentsaward.co.za

Issued on behalf of The President’s Award by Stone Soup Public Relations

For further information, please contact Daya Coetzee

daya@stonesoup.co.za, (011) 447 7241

 

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