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Recently at the conference hall of the ministry of youth and civic education in Yaoundé –Cameroon, some 200youths from the cities of Yaoundé, Bafoussam, Buea and Kumba received AWARDS of bronze, silver and gold accompanied with a certificate of service as a result of their efforts, works and commitment in their communities and schools under the Duke of Edinburgh Award program Cameroon. This ceremony was organized by the National Award Authority and the ministry of youth and civic education in Cameroon. The national Award Director Mr. Ayuketta Oswald Tambe congratulated the Award holders (Dukers) for their efforts, passions and willingness to be of service to others and their communities. He went further to enlighten the youths on the program saying, it is a self development program which offers young people from the ages of 14-25 years to engage in a variety of possible and non competitive voluntary activities for personal development, self discovery, responsibility and spirit of community.

Speaking during this ceremony, the President of the Gold Award Holders Association Mr. Waa Nkeng Musi portrayed himself as a product of the program and highlighted his skills and numerous experiences acquired thanks to the Award program. He encourages other young people to enroll in the Award program as the admission is free without any discrimination as to sex, race, religion or political affiliation. He mentioned the four sections of the program in which young people can enroll and compete for either the bronze, silver and gold medals. The sections included

-Service

-Skills

-Physical Recreation

-And Expedition+ residential project.

Present at this graceful occasion was the Cameroonian minister of youths and civic education mr.Pierre Bidoung Mpkat.The minister appreciated the initiative of the award program in the lives of youths and was keen on the “Service” section which to him prepares youths for future leadership. The program Director of the Duke of Edinburgh African Regional office Mr. Martin Matabishi, who was on a visit to Cameroon, was thrilled by the number of youths who engaged themselves in the Award program. He encouraged the Award recipients to mentor their peers with the experience and skills acquired and to always consult the National Award Authority for directives and support.

Young people are the leaders of tomorrow and need to start participating in leadership programs to enhance their skills develop ideas and visions needed to drive change. The Award program is a good knowledge platform where youths can learn how to be of service in their communities. Presently, 129 countries operate the Award program worldwide with over 14 million youths in the program. As the Award slogan goes “Challenging young people everywhere”, if you are not challenged, then you will never understand the value of hard work which is quite a good life experience.

 By Eric Mbotiji, youth Blogger from Cameroon

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Categories: Peer Education