Youth ministry acquires full license for international award

Olivia Tawaqa (left) and Jenny Seeto (right) with a DEIA official while receiving the Full License.

FIJI’S Ministry of Youth and Sports has acquired a full license for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

Also known as DEIA, the award is available to all individuals between the ages of 14-24 years and is the world’s leading youth achievement award.

The full license was received by National Award Board member Jenny Seeto and manager Olivia Tawaqa on behalf of the ministry.

Ms Tawaqa said to date, they had registered 75 award units in both Secondary schools and youth clubs, 117 award leaders and 1,438 young people.

“The International Award is a voluntary, non-competitive, balanced and enjoyable program that requires sustained effort over time aimed at encouraging young people to design their own activities, set their own goals, explore their potential and challenge them to achieve set targets,” Ms Tawaqa said.

The award is comprised of three levels and four sections with participants required to complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their award.

The license was presented at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award 2018 Forum currently taking place in Ghana.

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