The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Cameroon was licensed in July 2015 by the Secretary of the International Award Foundation and the Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education which granted Cameroon authorization to deliver the Award program to young Cameroonians.
DOFE Regional Director (left), Minister of Youth Affairs & Civic Education (middle), DOFE Regional Director (right)
The workshop was due February 06 – 08, 2017 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex Yaounde. The Award and National Action Plan were introduced by the National Director, Mr. Sanyi Emmanuel Sanyi who highlighted on the importance of the Award by stating that for the delivery of the award to be successful across different regions of the country, the program team depends on the Network of Volunteers, Awards Leaders, Assessors, Coordinators and Young Leaders. The ‘Award Cameroon’ was to be presented by two validators (Mr. Edwin Kimani from Kenya & My David Clarke from Barbados) who are certified trainers of the Award program. Their aim was to conduct a national training of trainers’ workshop to equip the New Leaders who will support growth and expansion of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award program to 10 regions of Cameroon. Mr. Sanyi point out the objectives of the New Leader Training of Trainers Workshop which was to inform, update and build the capacity of the Volunteer Award Trainers & Coordinators from Cameroon’s 10 regions.
Mr. Edwin Kimani (left), Mr. David Clarke (right), My Sanyi Emmanuel (middle) Fongwen Eric (DOFE International Award New Leader)
The training was carried out by Mr. Edwin Kimani, who is the Regional Director of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. He reiterate on the history, philosophy, and impact of the award by bringing to the attention of the participants a saying from ‘Plato’ as quoted, “Do not train a child to learn by force or harassment, direct them to do it by what amuses their minds, so that you might be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each”.
The award program participants must set themselves personal goals in four different sections; Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Most important emphasizes were laid on what the award offers; Communication, Organization, Decision Making, Team work, Confidence and Qualification and this can be achievable through games to ease understanding. The Award is applicable to all, irrespective of the background; the award has no boundaries and never discriminates.
The Mine Game
Mr. David Clarke the regional director from Barbados, a Judo expert, a former policeman shared his vast experience over how he became a master’s degree holder in Judo and how it has helped him in mentorship. He then coined the Award as “something that is fun and has a purpose”.
Finally Mr. Kimani pointed out that youths should not use electronic gadgets in the place of maps during Adventurous Journey. At bronze level Peers can be used as directives with the exception of Silver and Gold levels.
The workshop ended with a brief description of the online record book (ORB) which has been change to a new version pending release. It is in the ORB that the participant records his/her activities carried out, of which it can also allow follow up by the Award Leader, and then overviewed by the national bureau. How to run an award unit was the final presentation and three key points were outlined; the curriculum of the program, the governance structure and operating model.
Award New Leaders
Key take home points were;
- The Award is in 3 levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.
- The Award is divided into four sections; Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey.
- The Award is for youths between the ages of 14 – 24 and requires no fee.
- It is individual, non-competitive, achievable, voluntary and enjoyable