Mombasa, Kenya 16th May, 2023- Over 300 Bronze and Silver President’s Award-Kenya (PA-K) participants from 28 schools in coast region were recognized and awarded certificates for successfully completing the two levels of the Award programme.
he world. It helps young people to believe in themselves, enables them appreciate diversity of the world and make them ready for life.
Munala elaborated that there are three levels of the Award programme one can do which, when successfully completed will lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Gold is the third and final level of the Award, and takes a minimum of 12 months to complete or 18 months if one has not completed Silver.
In the Award, PA-K believes that not all learning happens in the classroom and therefore the operations are in terms of guiding institutions on how they can structure their free time such that as much as learning happens in the classroom, the learning that happens outside the classroom is intentional therefore PA-K provides a framework for that.
She said PA-K’s Strategy realignment is to provide enhanced access, expand its reach and demonstrate the impact of the Award in transforming lives and communities.
She revealed that there are over 120,000 young people currently participating in the Award in over 1,200 schools, Universities, Middle level Colleges, Youth groups, rehabilitation centres and open Award Centres across the country.
Globally, more than one million young people are striving to achieve their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards in more than 140 countries and territories. The President’s Award – Kenya ranks 1st in the Africa Regional and 2nd globally after the United Kingdom for its participation levels and impact in the society.
Ms. Munala stressed that the Award in Kenya has included young people from diverse social-cultural, economic and geographical backgrounds. ‘The Award is available in correctional centres, borstal institutions and is being rolled out to inmates in prison departments within the Award participation age bracket,’ she said. The CEO said PA-K is exploring ways of strengthening the Award delivery at respective Institutions and more importantly network in order to take the Award to the next level in coast region. ‘We are advantaged to have the presence of the offices of the Regional Director’s, Ministry of Education and Teacher’s Service Commission, who, I believe are at a vantage position to enable the Award Programme expand across the region effectively,’ noted Ms. Munala. So far over 500,000 participants have gone through the Award Programme. A majority of them are now in their adult stages and are serving the country in various spheres of development. The Award participants from various Award centers across the country are investing thousands of hours every week through community service and residential projects to positively contribute to development solutions in communities. In the last 4 years Award participants invested an estimated 4.5million hours in community service. She urged administrators in the Education sector to support in advancing the cause of the Award so that many more students and adult helpers can participate and benefit from the Award experience. The President’s Award – Kenya is committed to strengthening partnerships in the Education sector so that we can collaboratively expand the avenues for strong positive character formation for our young people. ENDS… For more information, please contact: Name: Neddy Mbori- Senior Public Communications Officer Cell phone: 0710121110 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org About The President’s Award- Kenya PA-K The President’s Award- Kenya PA-K, which was launched in Kenya in 1966, is a member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award which oversees the Award Programme in over 140 countries. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded by His Royal Highness (HRH), The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist and Sir John Hunt. PA-K is an Agency established by an Act of Parliament, President’s Award Act No. 30 of 2017. It is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people countrywide equipping them with positive life skills to make a difference for themselves, their communities, country and the world. PA-K is a non-formal education and learning framework through which young people’s achievements outside of academia are recognized and celebrated. The young people engaged are between the ages of fourteen (14) to twenty-four (24) years. The main aim is to equip young people for life by encouraging them to acquire universal skills to help them thrive. The universal skills are achieved through engagement in activities that include getting physically active, volunteering within their communities, and discovering a sense of adventure outside the classroom.