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Award House: Stop attacking Akufo-Addo – Head of State Award Scheme

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 Source: Starr FM

The Head of State Award Scheme has condemned the attacks on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by a section of the populace on social media for cutting sod for the construction of the Ghana Award House on Wednesday, 7 April 2021.

A section of Ghanaians took to social media to chastise the President, saying, the country has got its priorities wrong and the President had no business cutting sod for such a project.

Responding to these criticisms, the Scheme in a statement said the criticisms are borne out of misconception about their mandate.

The Scheme explained that since its inception in 1967, successive governments and Head of States/Presidents have supported its growth and extended its reach in Ghana and beyond.

According to the statement, funding and support for the operation of the Award Scheme has largely been from individual donors, corporate organisations, government, the British High Commission and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, UK of which the Award in Ghana is affiliated.

The Award House they said is the National Secretariat of the Head of State Award Scheme in Ghana.

The project the statement explained was conceived in 2003 when a parcel of land was secured for its construction. “Since then, a lot of partnerships and investment has gone into it to date. Fundraising for the Award House started in May 2016 when HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex paid a working visit to Ghana in support of The Head of State Award Scheme and its operation,” the statement noted.

Funded by corporate partners and individual donors with support from Government, the Scheme said the Ghana Award House will provide a befitting administrative office for the operation and delivery of the Award Scheme.

Read the full statement below:

SOD CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE GHANA AWARD HOUSE 8th April 2021

We have observed the misunderstanding circulating on various media platforms about the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the Ghana Award House by H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

We are indeed grateful for the feedback, and believe it’s due to misconception about the Award Scheme.

We, however, condemn the unwarranted attacks on the persona of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for undertaking this honorary responsibility as Chief Patron of the Award Scheme.

The Award Scheme provides a rewarding agenda that fills the gap left by formal tuition and equips young people for life and work. It builds their confidence and engages them with their communities to make a difference to themselves and the world at large.

Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can participate in the Award Scheme for the duration of 6 – 18 months at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

There are four sectional requirements at Bronze and Silver Award level and five at Gold.

• Service: undertaking free voluntary service to individuals or the community.

• Physical Recreation: improving in the area of health and physical wellbeing.

• Skills: developing practical, vocational and social skills as well as personal interests.

• Expedition: to develop a sense of discovery, adventure and entrepreneurship.

• At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity. As a non – formal education and learning programme, the Award Scheme plays a vital role in making young people become better versions of themselves.

Since its inception in 1967, successive governments and Head of States/Presidents have supported its growth and extended its reach in Ghana and beyond. Funding and support for the operation of the Award Scheme has largely been from Individual donors, corporate organization, government, the British High Commission and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, UK of which the Award in Ghana is affiliated.

The Award House is the National Secretariat of the Head of State Award Scheme in Ghana.

The project was conceived in 2003 when a parcel of land was secured for its construction. Since then, a lot of partnerships and investment has gone into it to date. Fundraising for the Award House started in May 2016 when HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex paid a working visit to Ghana in support of The Head of State Award Scheme and its operation.

Funded by our corporate partners and individual donors with support from Government, the Ghana Award House will provide a befitting administrative office for the operation and delivery of the Award Scheme.

We take this opportunity to invite all well-meaning Ghanaians who believe in youth development to join hands with us in our mission of equipping all young people for life and work.

We wish to thank H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and Chief Patron of the Award Scheme for taking time off his busy schedules to do us the honours.

Source: Starr FM
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