Some 679 youths received awards during the
eleventh President Youth Award Republic of Guyana (PYARG) ceremony at the National Cultural Centre last Saturday.
They received awards under three different categories: bronze, silver and gold.
The bronze level had 438 awardees with eight of them receiving special awards.
The silver level had a total of 191 awardees with Deopatie Dyer of a Wales unit and Aggrey Halley of East Side Youth Club being special awardees.
The gold level however, had 50 awardees with two outstanding awardees being Lisa Wong of Bartica and Deon London.
Linden was made the most outstanding town with the Silvertown contingent being the most outstanding unit.
In addressing the participants, President Bharrat Jagdeo congratulated the awardees and expressed that the lessons they have learnt from the journey will be very important as they navigate life’s path. He thanked the parents of the awardees because without their support much could not have been achieved.
He says he hopes that as they enter the world of work they recognise what is important to change the country.
He also expressed the hope that this opportunity helps them to develop strong sense patriotism.
In his address, Jagdeo also stated that Guyanese have survived the great depression the world has suffered in the last two years without much change in their lives because of the hard work done over the past years.
Also in his address Jagdeo stated the expectation of the investment in the Low Carbon Development strategy in which the country is so deeply involved.
As such, he expressed that we are the only country that has qualified for partnership with the World Bank with a strategy that will generate up to half a billion US dollars yearly for Guyana which is more than any of our products.
With that amount of money generated, Jagdeo states that an investment in education could be made to purchase computers for the less fortunate families so they could make advances with the use of the technology. He added that a hydro power plant would be built so as to reduce the country’s expenditure.
According to Jagdeo, all the initiatives he is in support of are necessary to change the world and not only Guyana. With that he urged every awardee to get involved and to get patriotic since it is their future.
And in his address, Minister of Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, lauded the PYARG programme for its remarkable eleven years of service and stated that the programme has done the country proud.
He added that the programme has affected every young person who has passed through it in a positive way.
Min. Anthony stated that the PYARG is in partnership with the Ministry of Health to get people across the country to embrace a healthy lifestyle by educating them about the various medical issues affecting the country. He thanked the PYARG members who have committed their time in public service.
In an effort to expand the PYARG, Min. Anthony expressed that they expect to consolidate all their existing programmes in every region. He added that the awardees have benefited from a great programme that has strengthened their self esteem and he challenged them to take the skill and knowledge they have gained and use it to make positive contributions to the society.
The International Award for Young People is a development of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which was introduced in Britain in 1956. Guyana adopted and launched the programme on October 3, 1998, now called the Presidents Youth Award: Republic of Guyana (PYARG).
To date, the programme is in all 10 of Guyana’s Administrative regions.
The Award would have provided experiences and life skills for more than 8000 persons as participants and or Unit Leaders. The programme of activities is available to all young people aged 14-25 years enabling them to enjoy a variety of experiences and culture whilst discovering and expanding upon new skills.
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