Accra – One hundred and eighty-four young Ghanaians from the ages of 12 to 24 years have received this year’s Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards and Head of State Gold Awards.
The award recipients underwent 18 months adventurous journey in an unfamiliar terrain and offered voluntary services to their communities.
At a ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday to present certificates to the awardees, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia encouraged the recipients to let the Awards spur them on for greater heights in their careers.
The ceremony was attended by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, Akosua Frema Opare, the Chief of Staff, Ministers of State and the Diplomatic Community.
The Head of State Award Scheme has operated in Ghana since 1967. Over this period, it has grown and developed, touching lives and giving many young people the opportunity to grow as responsible citizens while the Prince of Edinburgh Award has a rich heritage being founded by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, German educationalist Dr Kurt Hahn.
Dr Bawumia said since its inception in Ghana, the Award had continually empowered young people to achieve their best, develop practical life skills, to learn about themselves and others, and to gain confidence.
He said about eight million young participants have had the advantage of the experience globally, while the programme engaged over three hundred thousand young Ghanaians.
The Vice President said participants experienced team spirit, becoming aware of the needs of society in which they lived, and decided to help in the development of their community.
The Award, he said promoted the values of inclusivity, respect, unity and active citizenship and hoped every young person engaged in such initiatives to acquire a sense of purpose in life and commended them for showing balance, progression and persistence in all five activity sections and enhancing their personal development through participation in the Award Scheme.
“The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo truly admires you for your achievements, enthusiasm for life, creativity and entrepreneurship.
He truly admires your altruism in doing things for others. Definitely, this Award helps to develop the talents and personal skills of young people, hence giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential, he said
He applauded them for their fortitude in finishing an intense and sustained programme.
“I am particularly impressed that you have excelled across different disciplines. You can bask in this achievement. But you also know that the qualities that you have shown in gaining this award, are qualities that will do you well in your future careers and lives.
Let’s ensure that the voices of altruism prevail over those of extremism, to promote security, justice, democracy and opportunities for all, more vigorously, he said
Vice President Bawumia encouraged them to believe in themselves, and in their capabilities. “I encourage our young people to develop the confidence in bringing about change, no matter how small. I encourage our young people to develop into caring and inclusive individuals so as our communities who need our support, will find it.
“We believe that every young person should be given the opportunity to develop their true potential and to learn things and skills that will give them a better chance in life, while we, as their leaders today, have the responsibility to create the necessary space that ensures their inclusion and wellbeing, he noted.
Source: Ghana News Agency