Wednesday 3 October 2012

The International Award Programme in India - E-weekly - 03 October 2012

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  Vol IV, Issue 159                                                 The Award Weekly                                               03 October 2012


IAYP Expedition from Silver aspirants of Coorg Public School, Mysore - A report by Teena Machaiah (Award Leader) 

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharlal Nehru.

The silver aspirants of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme experienced the joys of community living in the camp at Bittangala on 15th and 16th September, 2012. A group of 40 members accompanied by 5 teachers - Mr. Satish, Mr. Vijay, Mrs. Teena Machaiah, Mrs. Vinutha Bopanna and Mrs. Krithika Devata enthusiastically participated in the camp activities organised in the pristine lap of nature. 

The expedition included trekking in the forest confines, where the group spent two nights. Besides cooking their own food, there were exciting adventures activities such as Rock Rappeling, Zip Line Crossing, Jumer Hang, Monkey Crawling, X Target Reach, Rope Walk and team building activities.

This camp played a vital role in unearthing the skills of students and taught them valuable lessons about teamwork, self reliance, perseverance, sharing and the joys of simple living. We owe our debt of gratitude to Mr. Chengappa, Honorary Secretary and Col. Bharath, Vice President (Administration) of Coorg Institute of Adventure Sports for all their help and support for the success of this camp.


Surabhi Vaidya is one of the most energetic and promising interns at the National Award Authority office. The entire team at the office congratulates her for completing one year with the Award.

Over the course of one year she has worked assuming various roles - as a Volunteer, Mentor, Communications Intern, Programme Intern, Trainer, and Award Leader. She has worked closely with the Programme and the Communications team and has also helped in designing as well as conducting Training workshops for Award Leaders, YES Managers, and Volunteers.

Having true leadership qualities, she was selected to attend the Training for Trainers workshop held in Manila in February 2012 and was also selected to represent IAYP India at the recently held Spiti Annual Gold Solar Project in June 2012 in Spiti Valley.

When asked about her experience, Surabhi exclaims: "The Award has not only taught me how to challenge myself at every step in my life, but has also given me the confidence to stand in front of a group of people and express myself. Today, it is one of the best platforms young people have, to develop themselves and their skill set. It has truly been a major catalyst to get me where I am today. And I will always be thankful to the Award for making me what I am today."


International Sports for Development is currently running a photo competition for all official partners.  The winner of the competition will have their photo exhibited at the International Sports for Development office in Australia and receive some great Australian Sports Commission merchandise.  Click for more details


Welcoming new institutions to the Youth Engaging Society (YES) Family

We welcome Vidya Sanskar International School, Faridabad (Haryana) as new YES Centres, and wish them every success. Our YES Centres in India are strategic allies in promoting the all-inclusive growth of The Award. more details


A new series of Frequently Asked Questions, which the IAYP India team will answer.

Q.: Why Residential Projects for Gold?
A.: The Aim of the Residential Projects for the Gold Award is to broaden the participant's outlook and horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting. It gives Gold participants a shared, purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions.


Updated phone numbers
National Award Authority Office in Delhi Phone : +91 11 4108 7062 and Telefax : +91 11 26497164.
Programme Manager - Bivujit Mukhoty's  Mob: +91 9310133900,  email: 

IAYP India @ Social Networks - New Links
Check the new links to the Social Networks for latest updates at Award.


Learn to ski with Inme this winter at Solang Nala, Manali. This programme for 13-16-year-olds has been designed for learning how to ski. It is being run by professionals who are National Level Skiers and have represented India in various competitions. We start with an introduction to skiing and its equipment. Participants learn how to balance themselves, turn, and do straight runs followed by lots of time on the slopes. The programme ends with the children participating in The Great Shalom Race!

Dates : 25th - 31st December, 2012
For registration call Nipun (9899122595) Click for more details

EVENTS IN FOCUS- Contact  the Comms Team for details 
  • 12th - 13th October 2012 - YES Training Workshop 6 at Award Training Centre, NAA Office, New Delhi
  • 21st - 25th November 2012 - Forum 2012 at Malta
  • 16th - 18th December 2012 - NTW 3 at Good Shepherd International School, Ootacamund.


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