GAHN Workshop Singapore - a report

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD GLOBAL AWARD HOLDERS NETWORK [GAHN] WORKSHOP, SINGAPORE

On the 16th of August the delegates arrived at the National Community Leadership Institute [NACLI] in the evening and to begin with we went out for a nature work around Kent Ridge Park, which was an amazing experience, this gave us time to get to know each other.


Day 1: 17th September 2012, the day began with a warm welcome by Prof Leo Tan, Chairman, National Youth Achievement Award Council [NYAA], followed by an introduction and overview by Jenny Jacob who represented the International Secretariat.

We had the opportunity to visit the residence of the British High Commissioner, His Excellency Antony Phillipson. A lavish afternoon tea spread along with his very kind and supportive words marked the beginning of the day’s activities. 

The main topic taken up that afternoon was ‘Beyond Gold- How to remain engaged in the Award.” This discussion became even more interesting as we were joint by NYAA gold Award holders and current participants putting forward their practices and challenges as well. We managed to have a detailed discussion, which was very well summed up by Major General Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence.  His very inspiring words helped us consolidate all the ideas brought out by the various groups during this session.

A chance to witness a Meet-the-people-session conducted by Members of Parliament on a weekly basis to hear the grievances of the public and support them with all possible aid was the perfect way to end the day. 


Day 2: 18th August 2012, we started the day with a keynote address on ‘Servant Leadership” by Dr. Tan Chi Chiu, Member NYAA Council. 

Followed by which we were split into five groups in order to discuss the five main issues:
  • International Award Network and Opportunities
  • How to set up an Alumni/Award Holder Association 
  • Life after Gold-Engagement
  • Life after Gold- Advocacy
  • Life after Gold- Events 
All the groups began working and were given the next few hours to prepare presentations to put forward all challenges and potential solutions revolving around our respective topics. Rest of the day was marked by a couple of brainstorming sessions and preparations for next morning.

Evening visit to Singapore’s newest attraction Gardens by the Bay, which is a park, spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden.

Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

Day 3: 19th August 2012, the day began with all the groups presenting and an interactive question and answer session. 

Devanjali formed part of the group that tackled “Life after Gold-Advocacy” and presented the issue in the form of a role-play taking various situations where Advocacy plays a major role. 


The stage now set for building a network for alumni bodies from all over the world. Thank you Singapore NYAA and the IAA for making this possible!


- Report filed by Rohit Saxena and Devanjali Dutt the delegates from India
For any feedback or questions welcome to email devanjali@dofe.in or rohit@dofe.in

Welcome Apula Singh


We are most delighted to welcome Apula Singh who has so kindly joined the GAHS Team. 
She will be the Hon. Exec. Secy. and will be connecting with all the members and partners. 
Apula will be at the GAHS Office every Saturday from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, to assist our members and help in the development of GAHS as a major partner in YES (Youth Engaging Society) Projects.

Key areas of work for Apula:

1. Connect with the individuals
2. Collect subscriptions
3. Market the events of GAHS and the partners
4. Attend / work as Event manager
5. Take care of the PR and communication needs of GAHS


All GAHS members and Award participants doing the Gold can participate in the workshops and events. The Youth Leadership Week scheduled for Sept. 2012 and the Spiti Gold Solar Project 2013 are now our annual events, do sign up fast as we only take limited numbers. In addition you can also participate in the Youth Empowerment & Leadership workshops of our partner YES.

YES
www.inyouth.org

Connect with Apula:
The office numbers are +911126493400 or +911126497154
Email: apula@ebd.in and you can also call her +91 9899415665

Team India all set for GAHN Singapore


To,

The NYAA Singapore
APAC Region and the IAA 

Dear James and all the key allies for the GAHN Workshop,

Much appreciation to the NYAA of Singapore, the APAC Region and the IAA for hosting the GAHN Singapore Workshop in the coming week.

Happy to share our Alumni website and all the resources for the forthcoming GAHN workshop.

Website: http://www.gahs.in/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gahsindia
Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tgahs

We are sending two of our finest young leaders Rohit Saxena and Devanjali Dutt for the GAHN Workshop and are certain they will add value to your efforts to help develop the GAHN Network. The delegates have many of the resources and formats in soft copy and have access to our data online too. They have both worked hard for the last few months and contributed a great deal to the GAHS and IAYP in India. Further most of the delegates attending the GAHN Network are on our social network and have followed us closely too. All this would not have been possible without the active support of the IAA and the IAYP India management, and for this we are most grateful to them.

Wish you all the best,

Sandeep Dutt
For and behalf of THE GAHS Executive Team
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GAHS is a Registered Society in India

The Gold Award Holders Society was registered on the 6th of March 2010, as a Society by the Government of India, and the Registration No. is S/68685/2010

We are committed to working for youth empowerment and support The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award as an alumni body.

Nivedita hope you do well always!

A BIG THANK YOU TO NIVEDITA SAMANTA

The National Award Authority along with Award family express our wholehearted thanks to Ms. Nivedita Samanta for all the great work she has done in the last few years. Nivedita had consistently shown herself as a hard working integral part of the team, and a good friend. With her ability to communicate being a Communications Manager, she helped in the overall execution of the Award's public relations, communications, and development strategy. She was immersed in a media relations and a dynamic internal communication environment. We appreciate the amount of efforts that Nivedita put into the job during her tenure since 2010. Nivedita, as an Award Volunteer, will continue her support to the Communications team, as she was doing earlier and can be reached at nivedita@dofe.in. We wish all the best for Nivedita's new career and hope that she will achieve greater heights in her life.

---- From Award Weekly of 8th August 2012




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