Fijian students graduate in Duke of Edinburgh award program

Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata with the six student of Naiyala Secondary School who received their Bronze award today. Picture: SUPPLIED

EIGHT Fijian students graduated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme yesterday.

These included six students from Naiyala Secondary School and two from Saint Vincent College in Natovi.

Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata officiated at the badging and certificate presentation ceremony for the eight students.

The students had successfully completed the bronze category of the award after fulfilling the required number of hours in the three sections of the Award, namely community service, skills and physical recreation with the inclusion of spending one night and two days undertaking an expedition or exploration to meet the requirement for the Adventurous Journey section of the Award.

Speaking to students of the two schools, Mr Nagata said the Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, continued to provide advocacy programs targeted at creating a sustainable livelihood for all youths.

“The ministry, through our non-formal education programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, is mandated to carry out empowerment training specifically to develop the young minds of our future leaders,” the Assistant Minister said.

“As most of us are aware, not all learning takes place in a classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to be committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of this country,” he added.

Naiyala Secondary School Year 13 students Ulamila Wati in sharing her experience said she reluctantly joined the program but fell in love with it after it ignited a sense of caring in her.

“I love community service the most in the program not because I am genuinely compassionate but because of my affection to serve others,” she said.

“This program has also enabled me to communicate effectively and thoroughly improved my English,” Ms Wati added.

Sharing similar sentiments, Saint Vincent College senior prefect Patrick Yalimaiwai said the program had inspired him to push for his full potential.

“Being part of the program was a personal challenge as it required a lot of sacrifice, patience, and good time management. All in all, the program requires that you have a humble heart and a teachable spirit because the journey is not for the faint-hearted,” the Qelekuro lad said.

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