Students get Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Karachi: A large number of students who had won the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award were given their certificates and shields at a ceremony organised at the Rangoonwala community Centre here on Monday.
British deputy high commissioner Robert Gibson, tracing the history of the award which was started in Britain in 1956, said that millions of young people around the globe had participated in different training activities – such as first aid, fire fighting, etc – and had won these awards.
Referring to the award winners here, he said that currently a majority of the participants were from the city and urged youngsters from other parts of the country to also come forward and participate in these training activities which would be helpful in their later lives.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme Pakistan (DEAP-P) chief, Tariq Rangoonwala, giving a brief introduction of the programme, said that it was introduced in the country in 1987.
He said that it had been elected representative of the Asia Pacific region for six years in the International Council, which comprises only 13 elected members and is chaired by Prince Edward.
Atta-ur-Rehman, of the DEAP-P, said that at present the award programme was going on in 309 schools from 41 cities in the country and last year over 4,665 students – out of which 3,898 were from the city – completed their awards.
The DEAP-P had also started a similar programme in Afghanistan and Bangladesh, he said.
Mr Gibson later distributed awards and shields among some of the winners. Dawn