Wednesday, 21 September 2011


British royalty, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward was last week at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha, for the International Gold Event.
The IGE brings together more than 120 Gold Award holders, between the ages of 20 and 30, from across the world to share their Award experiences and develop valuable leadership skills. The highlights of the 2011 IGE were the service projects during which the youth engaged in community projects at four schools in the Longonot and Suswa areas.

In his address at the closing ceremony on Friday (Sept 14), the Earl noted that he was proud of their achievements and encouraged the youth from over 50 countries across the world to go out and utilize the skills and networks they had acquired to create a better and more meaningful society wherever they are from.

The Youth Forum was a valuable opportunity afforded to Gold Award holders to present their thoughts, ideas and initiatives to the stakeholders in person and to seek support for new areas of development.
Edwin Otieno Joseph, the Executive Director of President’s Award Kenya congratulated the attendees and reminded them that civic duty is a noble task which everyone ought to be involved in. He said their role in the service projects at the Empash Primary School, Soila Maasai Girls Centre, Longonot Township Primary School and Ndabibi Primary School would be remembered for years to come and through these tasks, they had made friends for life among the children attending those schools.
The next International Gold Event takes place in Korea in 2014.