10 Stu­dents Bag Maiden Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award

THISDAY - - EDUCATION - In Abuja

Sen­a­tor Iroegbu

Ten ex­cep­tional 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 or­gan­ised in Abuja.

The award, which is an ex­cit­ing self-de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme 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 their com­mit­ment, en­ergy, ded­i­ca­tion and drive to ac­com­plish their goals and com­plete the pro­gramme.

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 the 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. Stress­ing that win­ning 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 urged them to take all the qual­i­ties they learnt 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 prin­ci­pal, staff and stu­dents of the school, par­ents and in­vited guests and most im­por­tantly award re­cip­i­ents.

She thanked all award lead­ers, the Prin­ci­pal, Mrs. Has­san Godiya and her team, say­ing that adult men­tors are piv­otal to the suc­cess of the pro­gramme. She con­grat­u­lated each of them for their con­tri­bu­tion to the renowned and ef­fec­tive youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

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