Each one reach one

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

“From September 2-16, 2011,” reports Herschel Girls’ School recent alumnus Sarah Oliver, “I was chosen along with three other Gold Award Holders of The President’s Award — Duncan van Niekerk, Shaun February and Christine Moeketsi — to attend the IGE (International Gold Event) in Kenya. The event was organised by The Duke of Edinburgh International Award for Young People Programme, which operates in 130 countries around the world. With 92 delegates from 43 countries, we explored the IGE theme ‘Each one reach one’ through a combination of adventure activities, service projects, workshops and youth forums.”

Throughout the IGE, young people were equipped with communication, leadership, teamwork, governance, research and fundraising skills. Says Roberts, “From cycling through rural Kenya and building local schools to dining with royalty and engaging daily with vital issues, I witnessed the power of The President’s Award as a tool for empowering young people, and the potential we have as youth to be the leaders of today.

“Over the two weeks, stories were shared and lifelong friendships were made. Nedum Eluwa, a Nigerian delegate, described the IGE perfectly as ‘an experience worth every moment’.”

Now back home, Oliver continues to work closely with The President’s Award Programme to make it more accessible to the young people of South Africa. “We are in the process of building the South African Gold Award Holders’ Association (SAGAHA) to encourage more people to stay involved, continue the journey of personal development and give back to communities.”

Oliver is spending a gap year doing volunteer work, and is involved with several Cape Town-based organisations dedicated to creating peaceful and compassionate societies through education and self-development. She hopes to attend the University of Cape Town next year.

Category: Summer 2011

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