SEYCHELLES – Following the celebration of a decade of the President’s Award Program under the International Award Association, President James Michel has said that the program is a concrete example of the achievements the Seychellois youth, and that the youth had many reasons to feel proud.
“It is a journey of personal discovery and adventure for young people. It challenges the youth to become responsible, caring members of the community. It opens up new horizons and encourages friendship and links. It builds their confidence and makes a positive impact on their community through volunteering,” said President Michel.
The President was speaking at a ceremony at State House on Saturday, where 48 young people were presented the Gold Award, which is the highest accomplishment of the scheme.
The President said he was happy to note that the International Award Association is reinforcing its commitment to the region and its understanding that young people in Africa need further access to development opportunities.
The President said the International Award can contribute to a country’s national plan for young people, as expressed in national youth policies or other social policies, by providing a dynamic youth development framework for tackling such issues.
The President noted that one of the key achievements of the Seychelles President’s Award Scheme is that the International Awards Program has approved for Seychelles to hold the Gold Award expedition in the country. This expedition has been held on Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, thereby enabling young people to better appreciate the environment and biodiversity of the country.
The Seychelles unit is also coordinating the award program in the Indian Ocean on behalf of the International Award Association.