Youth, Nov. 25, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

WESTERN CAPE YOUTH RECEIVE THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Author: riaan@wecanchange.co.za

Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, Cllr Zahid Badroodien and the Acting CEO of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, Adele Latchman Awarded 150 Western Cape youth with their Bronze and Silver President’s Awards last Friday, 22nd of

These phenomenal young people were offered the opportunity to participate on the Award Programme by their Schools, Residential Youth Care Facility and Youth Groups; let us celebrate Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy, Herberg Children’s Home, Klaasenbosch Project, Breede Valley Youth, Happy Africa Foundation, Project 90 by 2030, Scouts SA - Western Cape, Riebeeck Valley Special School, Weltevrede Secondary School, Worcester Gymnasium, Westerford High School, St. Josephs Marist, St. Cyprians School,  Springfield Convent, Somerset College, SACS, Rustenburg Girls High School, Rondebosch Boys High School, Rhenish Girls School, Pinelands High School, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Oakhill School, Parel Vallei High School, Michael Oak Waldorf, ISCT, Herschel Girls School, Springfield Convent, Helderberg High School, Hermanus High School, DSK, Camps Bay High School, Bridge House, Bishops Diocesan College and AISCT.

The certificates attained by young people have the signatures of His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and are globally recognised by universities and employers; increasing the employability of our youth. In a survey recently done with Award Alumni, only 2% of them are unemployed proving that the Award increases employability and access to further educationThese findings are consistent with the 2018 Global survey results stating that Business Leaders emphasize soft (universal) skills over technical skills. The following skills are considered important in helping young people become world ready; they have been listed in the order of importance, according to the business leaders surveyed:

 

The Award provides a framework of non-formal education and offers experiential learning opportunities to help young people discover talents that do not necessarily show up in the classroom context.  The Programme brings together practical experiences and life skills, building confidence, resilience, encouraging physical health and recreation, and motivating young people to engage with their communities.

In order to achieve their Bronze or Silver President’s Awards, the awardees participated in various activities over a period of 6-12 months; Silver is progressively more challenging than Bronze. On Bronze, they completed at least 24 hours of community Service, developed Skills, participated in Physical Recreation spread over 3-6 months and hiked 24 kilometres over two consecutive days. On Silver, they acquired Skills, participated in Physical Recreation, at least 48 hours of Service spread over 6-12 months and hiked 48 kilometres over three consecutive days.

“My biggest challenge while doing the Award was hiking 24 kilometres for my Bronze Adventurous Journey in the beautiful Betty’s Bay; there I learnt teamwork and perseverance.”   – Ziyaad Slarmie, Bronze Award Recipient, Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy

The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (TPA) is proudly the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in South Africa; available to all 14–24 year olds, regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. The Award is currently implemented in Independent and Government Schools, Tertiary Institutions, Residential Youth Care Facilities, Correctional Centres, Secure Care Centres, Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and is also available to individuals.

“The Award helps you grow as a person to discover who you really are; it shapes you to become a kinder person as you develop new skills. It teaches you to be committed, to persevere and you grow in ways you never thought you could. My parents are very excited to see me transforming into a better version of myself.”  - Melissa Bennell, Helderberg High School

TPA creates opportunities for young people to develop character, discover their purpose and determine their future to contribute towards building a great South Africa.  The Award provides a framework for non-formal education and has set guiding principles, with proven outcomes for young people who complete the Award.