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President Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konousi Konrote with the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards recipients at Xavier College in Ba yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

There should be a co-ordination of efforts and innovative ideas towards securing the future of youths today.

President Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konousi Konrote made the comments yesterday while presiding over the presentation of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards at Xavier College in Ba.

“The award’s non-formal educational model can provide an alternative way for young people in the rural and maritime areas and even in the prison system — many of whom are not in formal education — to gain a sense of self-esteem and achievement,” President Konrote said.

“We must co-ordinate our efforts and innovative ideas towards securing the future of our youths today.”

The awardees, in receiving their awards joined the ranks of around 8 million young people who were participants world-wide.

“You are part of an internationally recognised youth achievement award adopted in over 140 countries,” he said.

President Konrote said the award programme continued to grow steadily since its inception in Fiji in the early 1960s.

“In fact, I am happy to say that I have been involved with the programme, and I am extremely pleased to note that it has gained popularity among schools in Fiji — with more than 2000 students having participated in the Award programme to-date,” he said.

“I am also glad to note that the Ministry of Youth and Sports was recognised as a “National Award Operator” in 2013 and signed a National Award Conditional Licence with The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Foundation.

“I would like to commend the Minister for Youth and Sports, Honourable Laisenia Tuitubou, and his ministry for their commitment towards meeting all the requirements to be granted this full-licence,” President Konrote said.

President Mr Konrote said he looked forward to the outcome of the review scheduled for July this year and hoped the Ministry successfully implemented plans to expand the Award further for the benefit of young Fijians.

While commending the partnership of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education, Heritage & Arts and National Archives President Kontote said he hoped that the ministries would cooperate as closely in addressing the non-communicable diseases threat to our nation.

“We need everyone of us to become more physically active in order to prevent increased obesity, heart disease and diabetes among others.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award globally has benefitted millions of participating young people between the ages of 14 to 24 years.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


Originally published at on April 27, 2016.

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