Youth Promoting Peace
On International Day of Peace (http://internationaldayofpeace.org/), The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is highlighting how The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) (www.intaward.org) brings young people together to participate in positive, often life changing activities, no matter their background or circumstance.
“Thirteen inmates, current Gold Award participants from the Robertson Correctional Centre South Africa, will cycle 240 kilometres through the Langeberg region of the Western Cape from 21 - 24 September. On their route, they will stop at schools and in communities to share their personal stories. They will also explain how the Award has made a positive impact on their lives during their time in prison and how it can engage young people in positive activities before they become at risk of getting caught up in drugs and crime.”
For one young offender in South Africa, the chance to take part in the Award has enabled him to change his outlook on life. "Where was this Programme when I was in my community? I would not be standing here, behind bars today had I done the Award Programme. When I am released, I want to take The President's Award Programme to the youth in my community so that they don't follow in my footsteps."
The Award, a non-formal education framework, plays a vital role in helping to address the challenges young people face on a global scale. It can empower socially excluded young people, reconnecting them with their communities and enabling them to meet people from different backgrounds. With the right skills and educational tools young people increase their potential to act as agents of peace, preventing crises and reducing violence and crime.
“The Award is open to all 14-24-year-olds, regardless of their background or circumstance, and we are committed to developing all young people, particularly those who may be marginalised or considered at risk,” says John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. “The Award provides a tried and tested way to support young people in overcoming challenging and vulnerable situations.”
Read more about their journey here - http://presidentsaward.co.za/breaking-the-cycle-of-crime/