YOUTH MINISTER OFFICIATES AT INTERNATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY

DEIA medal recipients and teachers pose for a photo shoot with the Minister for youth and Sports Mr Viliame Naupoto at DAV College in Ba.

The Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto this morning awarded Duke of Edinburgh International Awards? bronze and silver medals to 76 students and teachers in Ba.

The students are from DAV College, AD Patel College, Khalsa College and Xavier College in Ba. Fifty students were awarded bronze and twenty were awarded silver medals respectively.

?I am honored to join you this morning as we confer The Duke of Edinburgh?s Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards to the committed students who chose to participate in this wonderful program,? said Mr Naupoto.

?To the recipients of the Awards, you have done all of us proud,? said Mr Naupoto. ?When you participate in such programs you will discover new talents and quickly learn new skills that you may have never learnt if you confine yourselves in the classrooms.?

?You will be surprised as to what you can do as you tackled the challenges of the program. Even though they are rigorous and very demanding, you will experience unique pleasure in your accomplishment today,? added Mr Naupoto.

The minister has also urged those that are not part of the program to either join the DEIA Awards program or other similar programs and share in the ?experience of self-discovery?.

Divisional Education Officer West Mr Lorima Voravora was also at the awards ceremony and said: ?There are bigger plans for the DEIA in the western division.?

?We will soon establish divisional officers for the program and will schedule soon divisional and district DIEA meetings and also secure corporate partners to sponsor and increase participation in the division.?

Twenty one teachers from the colleges also received certificates of recognition of their tireless in the DEIA program in the western schools.

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