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10 Premier Inter’l School Students Bag Maiden Duke of Edinburgh’s Inter’l Award 

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Babatunde Opalana 

About 10.exceptionally qualified students of the Premier International School, Abuja on Monday bagged awards ranging from the Gold Award to the Bronze Award at the first  Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to be organized in Abuja. 

The award was yesterday  held at the premises of the Premier International School, Abuja.

 The International Award which is an exciting self -development program available to all young people worldwide, to equip them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world was established to help young people achieve their goals irrespective of their background.

The National Director, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nigeria, Miss Toyin Odu, commended the participants and subsequent awardees for having shown commitment, energy, dedication and drive to accomplish their goals and complete the program.

Odu congratulated them for having joined an exemplary group of young people “who set their own goals, who have demonstrated that they are ready to reach for the stars, that they are focused to succeed, inspired to dream and dedicated to serve”

She stated that these endeavours are a voyage of great discovery and in that regard, that the young people found out more about themselves, more about what interests them, where their energies and talents lie, and encouraged them to rededicate themselves to extend that effort into the future.

Saying that gaining an award is a major achievement, Odu charged the recipients that “you should be extremely proud of yourselves, and so should your families, teachers and friends, I offer you my personal warm wishes for the future, and hope you will enjoy and remember today”.

She also entrusted them to take all the great qualities they have learned through school and beyond, and that it will stand them in good stead in the wider world.

The National Director acknowledged the contributions and cooperation of the School Principal, Staff, and students of Premier International School, parents and invited guests and most Importantly Award recipients .

She thanked all award leaders, the Principal, Mrs. Hassan Godiya and her team. She said adult mentors were absolutely pivotal to the success of the program. She congratulated each of them for their contribution to the highly regarded and most effective youth development program.

Responding, Godiya commended the award recipients, she also talked about the mission and vision of the award, saying the awards mission was to inspire, guide and support young people in their self -development and recognise their achievement.

She encouraged other young people to participate in the program and said she was happy that Premier International was the first school in Abuja under The International Award for Young People Nigeria to achieve their Award ceremony.

She  said: “The Duke of Edinburg International Award (referred to as ‘The Award’) is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. It is a voluntary, non-competitive and available to anyone aged 14 to 24 years. “The award is tough but it is about the individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else”, she added.

“Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress. They choose a service, physical and skills activity, go on an adventurous journey and to achieve a Gold Award, take part in a Residential Project.”

“The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own belief about what they can achieve. There are three progressive levels which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award”, she added.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life. In 2014 more than 1.1 million young people took part in the Award in 141 countries and territories. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation drives and supports the Award’s global growth, so more young people can take part

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