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2013.06.20 16:11

Young Lithuanians heralded at Duke of Edinburgh International Awards at the British Embassy

Victoria Leigh | The Lithuania Tribune 2013.06.20 16:11

Teenagers from all over Lithuania were given special attention as they attended the Duke of Edinburgh International Award-giving ceremony at the British Embassy in Vilnius on 19 June, 2013. 

Teenagers from all over Lithuania were given special attention as they attended the Duke of Edinburgh International Award-giving ceremony at the British Embassy in Vilnius on 19 June, 2013.

The Award is in association with youth development agencies the Youth Personal Development Centre and the Agency of International Youth Co-operation.

Bronze and Silver Awards were handed out to young people from various counties in Lithuania in recognition for their efforts in pursuits such as volunteer work and various physical activities.

“The aim of this programme is to draw young people into voluntary activity; to enjoy new experiences, skills and friends, and of course have a great deal of fun at the same time,” said HE UK Ambassador to Lithuania, David Hunt.

“The voluntary sector is still not particularly well developed in Lithuania, yet voluntary work can be rewarding and fulfilling for both those receiving the help and those actively helping. Here in Lithuania, these international awards for young people play a very important part in helping develop a civil society, and long may that continue,” he further stated.

Rūta Brazlauskaitė, recipient of the Bronze Award, said: “As a Scout, it is exciting for me to receive this award. I improved my physical skills and artistic skills too, and participated in outdoor, nature-related activities.

“I kept a log book of my activities, and I plan to start the Silver Award scheme in September,” she explained.

Photos courtesy of Margarita Nikolajevaite for the British Embassy in Vilnius

Ramina Luste, recipient of the Silver Award, stated: “It is very important for me to receive this award because I am going to study in the UK in the future.

“I volunteered my free time helping to develop my local youth centre in Rokiškis, because there are very few places there for young people to meet,” she revealed.

Another Rokiškis resident and Bronze Award recipient Greta Griskaitytė, further reflected what her extra-curricular voluntary work meant to her.

“Today, I did a presentation on how I helped and provided care for underprivileged children in my town. We talked, played games and had fun. For me, the feeling of giving my time to work with disadvantaged children is wonderful.”

The proceedings included a certificate and badge award ceremony, and improvised variety recitals performed by the award recipients themselves.

Inga Česnaitė, Project Co-ordinator from the Youth Personal Development Centre, indicated young people in Lithuania will gain much from this experience in terms of personal satisfaction and life-skills.

“The youth of Lithuania are becoming more aware of the wider world, and the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards aid these young people in developing necessary life skills and for use in their future career,” she said.

“Many are considering university studies abroad, or careers on an international level, so they appreciate the global recognition this qualification has the potential to bring. Some of our students have gone on to work in countries such as the UK and employers have recognised the programme and its value, and so they received priority in their placements,” she continued.

For more detailed information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award International Association in Lithuania, please go to http://www.intaward.org/lithuania  

Information about the Agency of International Youth Co-operation can be found at http://www.jtba.lt/en

Further information about the Lithuanian Youth Personal Development Centre, please go to http://www.jatc.lt/

  

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