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Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards ceremony 1 March 2007

THE Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards hold their annual presentation of bronze and silver awards on Tuesday, March 27.

The awards will be handed out by Deputy Director of Education Margaret Britton at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, at 7pm.

At least 34 bronze awards and 14 silver awards, gained during the last year, will be presented to young people. There will also be a one-off presentation of platinum awards to 14 adult volunteers.

Young people will showcase the activities they completed to gain their awards.

Gold awards recipients are recognised at a separate presentation at Government House, where this year some 20 awards will be handed out. The awards began in 1956 in the UK and 1965 in the Island.

Young people have to be 14 before they begin studying for an award.

Awards must be completed before a young person reaches 25. Participants follow chosen activities, to create a personal challenge, and must meet minimum standards of achievement.

The awards are open to all. The Department of Education is an operating authority for the awards and offers them through all five secondary schools, the Isle of Man College, four open award centres and four voluntary youth organisations.

The awards teach self-reliance and a sense of responsibility to others, both essential qualities of citizenship, and provide a vehicle for spiritual, personal and social development. There are sections on service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions and, at gold level, a residential section.

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