Report on 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Hong Kong (09th To 11th September, 2016)
It was a great honor for me to represent The National Award Authority of Bangladesh named The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation Bangladesh as National Director and participant at the 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Conference held within 09th To 11th September, 2016 in Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, Hong Kong. Bangladesh had a contingent of two (02) conference delegates. Honorable Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr. Sayeeful Islam and I were representing Bangladesh in the Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2016. I can say that it was truly an amazing experience for me and personally, I have now better understanding of the different vital components of the role of International Award Foundation and National Award Authority specifically things to be done onward.
The Asia Pacific Regional Conference is the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Region of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to which National Award Authorities/Operators are invited. The purpose of the Conference is to provide a means of consultation and discussion between National Award Authorities/Operators. It enables the Foundation and Asia Pacific Regional Team to discuss the development of the Award programme with National Award Authorities/Operators within the region, and to consult on new policies, framework and plans. This Conference was inspiring and impressive one throughout our stay. I met the World Leaders of the International Award Foundation including Mr. Garth Weston (International Trustee), Mr. Stephen De-Wint (Deputy Secretary General, The Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation), Ms. Sue Walker (Regional Director, Asia Pacific Region), Mr. Rob Oliphant (Regional Manager, Asia Pacific Regional Office), Ms. Sanzeeda ali (Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Regional Office), Mr. Joel Grant (IAC Operation Manager, Asia Pacific Region), Ms. Thanuja Wijesinghe (IAC Operations Manager, Asia Pacific Region), Mr. Matthew Burfield (Emerging Leader Representative Australia), Sehui An (Korea), Mr. Peter Kaye (Chief Executive Officer & Hon Advisor, Australia), Mr. Sayeeful Islam (National Chairman, Bangladesh), Mr. Andy Kwok (Vice Chairman, Hong Kong), Mr. Lai Pu Wing (Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong), Mr. Peter Yeung (Executive Officer, Hong Kong), Mr. Himmatkalsia (National Chairman, India), Mr. Jun Sekiguchi (NAO Japan Secretariat), Mr. Young-Dae (David) Kim (National Director, Korea), Ms. Susan Kim (International Coordinator, Korea), Mr. Meng Lai (Manuel) Lo (Vice Chairman Administrative Committee, Macau), Mr. Ramchandra Parajuli (Program Manager, Nepal), Mrs. Prue Kelly (National Chairman, New Zealand), Mr. Kevin Plant (Chief Executive, New Zealand), Flt Lt Ata Ur-Rehman (National Director, Pakistan), Mr. Tissa Samarasinghe (National Director, Sri Lanka), Mrs. Charika Liyanaarachchi (NAO, Sri Lanka), Ms. Susan Locsin (National President, Girl Scouts of the Philippines), Ms. Dolores MA. Santiago (National Executive Director, Girl Scouts of the Philippines), Ms. Eufemia De Guzmzn (Council Executive, Girl Scouts of the Philippines), Mr. Abe Lahmidi (IA Coordinator, Yew Chung International School), Mr. John Pascoe AC, CVO, (Former International Trustee/Hon Advisor) tbc, Mrs. Susy Coslovich (Regional Finance), Ms. Aurina (Witta) Seawitta (Indonesia Consultant), Mr. Nereocoslovich (Regional Volunteer/Photographer), Mr. Rick Millar (YWIES-SH, PR China), and discussed important issues with the potentials. We discussed our innovation and best practices and brain stormed about the necessity of innovation and how to expand the Award and motivate young people for doing the Award.
With kind regards,
(Professor Dr. Khondaker Mohammod Shariful Huda)
Detail Report on 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Hong Kong (09th to 11th September, 2016)
|. Attendees: Australia, Bangladesh, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
. Other: representatives of Girl Scouts of the Philippines, Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada, Yew Chung International School
. Training Panel Members: Thailand, PR China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka
. DEIA: Garth Weston (Trustee), Steve De-Wint (Deputy Secretary General),
. Asia-Pacific Regional Office: Sue Walker (Regional Director), Rob Oliphant (Regional Manager), Sanzeeda Ali (Regional Coordinator), Joel Grant (IAS Operations Manager), Thanuja Wijesinghe (IAC Manager)
. Emerging Leaders: Matthew Burfield (Australia), Sehui An (Korea)
. Background: Main aim is to provide universal access to all in the relevant age group and to achieve this Award, the DEIA has gone digital, started a strict licencing process and the regional meetings also form part of this process.
Welcome, Overview & Introduction: Chaired by Mr. Garth Weston, International Trustee. Ms. Sue Walker, Asia Pacific Regional Director opened the Conference by welcoming everyone. Ms. Sanzeeda Ali, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Regional Office opened the conference with brief announcements of housekeeping. Mr. Rob Oliphant, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific Regional Office arranged to Introducing each other in cordial manner. Ms. Sue Walker, Asia Pacific Regional Director briefly described what is going on in the Asia Pacific Region.
State of the Region and What the Region can learn from others:
1. State of the region (The Asia Pacific Region Conference 2016) by Mr. Stephen De-Wint, Deputy Secretary General, The Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
2. Four Years ago one Award Alliance has started.
3. Fantastic World class program but the challenge is to serve/sell this wonderful product to young people.
4. Collecting + sharing- Difference learning (make it simplicity)
5. Manage the present and create the future.
6. Key issues and themes for NAOa
a. What are we really aiming to achieve?
b. What is critical to our success?
c. What are the actions we need to take?
7. 100 fit long board showed mapping the future with the clear authorization
8. A slide with 3 pie charts showing required participants.
9. Net the total participants but the new entrants and award gained (or 50%)
10. Overall speedy growth.
11. Class room or text book learning verses outside practical knowledge.
12. De-Wint has given an example of Nigeria where during presidential election the award was delivered by EMAM’S in Nigeria.
13. So what are some off the amended models?
A .USA- NAO “lite” (multiple customer types).
B. China – potential multi faceted model
C. Slovakia- traditional, but highly focused NGO.
D. Nigeria- efficient, state service provider (single customer’s type).
*Learning from others
*Using tools provided
*Focusing on the business.
14. ORB is global data base.
Our National Chairman, Mr. Mr. Sayeeful islam Started with_
*Defining the problems
*How we are going to solve
* What do we try to get from this conference
* Potential conversation and communication result.
Organization- communication- How will be focused with efficiency and
a. Where do we get the knowledge?
b. We should share each other how do we face
c. How could we offer the concerned that share our experiences on the ground and get rid of those situations?
d. How to approach parents
e. Communicating parents.
|Introduction and Background: Feed back after forum, The forum resolves to mandate IC to progress with the Foundation. The form and content of such an MOU that will replace the constitution of the Association, to be adopted by a vote by full members of the Association, at the earliest opportunity after further consultation.
IC in end of October – November
In 1988 oversea Award: Duke decided to secretary Association National operator challenged ………………….
Benefits of more effective working together? Everybody/ours advice
Members for consultation and discussion
. On the structure, the relationship has changed from membership to licencees and this is being reflected in the development of an MoU.
. In 1988, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh was perturbed about all issues coming back to the overseas department of the UK Award and therefore an “Association” was developed. However, a “Foundation” was registered before the Association. Licences are managed through the Foundation which enforces the rules to maintain consistency and quality.
. Bangladesh, Hong Kong and New Zealand represent the Asia Pacific region on the Council.
|Introduction and Background of IAF
Association-Memorandum of Understanding workgroups, discussion and Q & A: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation Bangladesh, is fully aware of the memorandum of understanding 2016 v4 and sincerely supports the fact as The DEA Foundation BD has gone through its details. As it is established by the mutual consent of all the parties concerned, The DEA Foundation BD believes that from now on all of the Award operators will pass through with equal opportunities at every sphere of the award programme especially in different participatory programs. The DEA Foundation BD wishes each and every Award Operator wherever that belongs to accreditational, conditional or/and full license holder will run abiding by the fundamental and operational principles and code of practice which is immensely indispensable for the standard delivery of the Award. This memorandum of understanding 2016 v4 was tabled in the office meeting-14 (2016) held on 31 July 2016, office meeting-15 (2016) held on 16 August 2016, EC monthly meeting-6 (2016) held on 22 June 2016 and recommended to place it on next Trustee meeting. It was discussed with the BoT Chair and he suggested to place this issue on next Trustee meeting.
. Following the meeting a couple of years ago, the MoU is being developed to clarify the structures. I made the comment that as there is confusion about who does what and this also is an indication of it being over-structure, it seems the approach is to panel beat the structures into what currently exists rather than find a fit for purpose vehicle. The other comment was that moving to a licenced operation indicates that the organisation is not a fully democratic one and this needs to be reflected and understood.
|Mapping the Future-Introduction: In this session the presenter discussed about the Award Framework, Award Structure, and Global Branding. The Award as a whole has been through a series of major changes, the one Award alliance project, which were prepared in November 2010 and November 2012 and agreed and then implemented from December 2012 onwards. These changes have included a new ‘licensing’ structure, new quality assurance process, new digital tools, new brand and positioning of the Award. Much of these work is ‘still under development’ as all parties learn from initial implementation, especially the digital tools which are providing highly complex and resource intensive. These changes were introduced in a strategic document entitled “Transforming the Award” which was launched in November 2012 at the forum in Malta.
Proposed process for the future:
The outline of a strategic discussion document was drafted and provided for regional conferences Targets for growth sought from supporting NAOs – June- September 2016.
Feedback presented to and discussed at IC 2016
Draft strategy developed January 2017 to April 2017
Final consultation on final document and targets sought from NAOs who have not yet ‘pledged’.
Document was agreed and signed off at IC/IGE 2017
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Strategy 2018-2024- Publication and launch – January 2018
|Fundraising and 3 Anniversaries: Approximately 9 million pounds.
It will be used for Special Projects.
Bangladesh- Srilanka – India.
Young fellowship – 5 years –how many people dropouts/thankful
Active fellow 5 15 5
Dragon is to improve Access
Phoenix is to improve reach
Pegasus is to improve impact and award leaders and self development
Entrants and gained numbers
Everybody have to complete the impact study of project and award
Improving the award’s impact and quail of delivery
Debate on direct projects (adventures)
. This is linked to the 3 anniversaries and an international investment company has signed on to help expanding the funding for the DEIA. There will soon be £9m available for application over 3 years in 3 funds. Soon the Special Projects fund will not exist as the transition to the 3 funds takes place for the new financial year (calendar year). They hope to have £500000 available per year. In the first year, there will be £3.1m available but not all can be spent in the first year. Applications will be sent out in early 2017 for projects to start July 2017.
. There is also a “fellowship” which is being reactivated as there are 500 members; 150 active and perhaps less actually giving funding. Due diligence is done on all donors.
Why do we have the ISP principles
Targeted- how the project will continued and evaluated CSR
Those young people whose circumstances mean they are vulnerable.
Clear and SMART objectives
Working successfully with organizations
. Application forms were sent out for the Special Projects with a deadline of 29 August 2016 where applications could cover 3 years up to £50000 per project. Applications have to meet the criteria of: innovative, targeted, with matching funding, sustainable, developmental, integrated and evaluated. In most instances, marginalised groups are the focus. Australia applied to involve persons with disabilities and there was a correlation of 0.8 on the mental and social impact of persons with disabilities participating in the programme.
. 9 applications were received from the region. It was suggested that the objectives should be SMART and perhaps only have 1 objective to be able to focus clearly. Partnerships were also helpful in ensuring sustainability and applications should align with the principles and outcomes of DEIA.
. In a follow up, we can still apply for a Special Project if we submit by 19 September 2016.
ORB Next generation: Presenter, Mike Heath (Skype) and facilitator, Joel Grant and Sanzeeda Ali.
Why don’t select from a popup menu of activities under different section.
Who will authorize the Award Leaders
A detail on screen demonstration was given by Mike heath from UK through Skype.
. In 2015, there were 1 million participants registered – a good marketing statistic. However, the interpretation of participant varies across National Award Operators (NAO). New entrants were 619199 and Award Gained was 325265. On this basis, 50% of new entrants got an Award. The largest registration is from Asia Pacific with about 44%. Thus the definition of participant needs perhaps to change to the number of people actually registered and active – meaning having started activities through the Online Record Book (ORB).
. While there is much work to do, there is steady growth but this is not achieving universal access. We need to create a bigger presence and spread the message of the impact of DEIA in building character. One of the issues preventing universal access in many countries is the need to pay for the DEIA and for the use of ORB.
. The current requirement is a form of NAO database but with the ORB, this will become compulsory and could include other innovations such as letters of recommendation or reports to be used by the participants for applying for jobs.
· Wrap up of conference with the following recommendations made:
· Pricing policy for the ORB should have been done earlier and have gone through the International Council.
. Report will go to the International Council
Warm up of day 1:
|Review of day one and Introduction to day 2: Most relevant to year
I have getting informed ORB next generation
Sharing potential to new
Encourage sub regional communication
Weakness and strength of each other
Use each other’s resources effectively
|Impact of the Award-Research: How do we make a difference?
And how do we want to make a difference?
Summary of award research to date publication
43 individual research papers from 1997-2015
Out comes vs. impact
16 outcome out from literature review
Social research on young people
Ask them progressively
9-2012 SDG scale packaged from
Social value – research
The value that stake holder experience
Top down-bottom up-mixed group – theory of change
Outcome – Slovakia
Survey Each NAO
For impact study
Or subject value
Formative feedback – for each enrollment and gained award
Validated measures need in selecting award unit
Formal education curriculum
Non formal education activities-set on curriculum
. Research is being undertaken with a desktop survey. Now looking at the social impact using a bottom up approach asking stakeholders. Our comment was that the research would be useful in proving what we all believe the DEIA can and does achieve to help us marketing the DEIA locally but that the local cultural context had to be included.
NAO license reviews: Improvement plan-show what improved?
License review- each NAO license review process OLH
Validation process- 22march 2015 – full license
Login- models- quality assurance
Sec.1 development of the license review process
Governance and management standards
Sec.2 The 6 themes
Sec.3 the license review process
Self assessment in OLH need to complete
Tim smith need feedback from NAO
Licence process: 2013-2016
. Every NAO has had a validation visit with the process being followed consistently across NAOs which were granted either a full or accredited or conditional licence. Fiji is in the second category meaning it has not met all the criteria required for a full licence. The licence process was agreed in 2012.
. The process is continuous quality assurance. The 6 themes are leadership, policy and strategy, partnerships, people, project delivery and results. This is done through the online learning hub.
Step 1: 6 months before end of licence, the National Director is contacted about the review
Step 2: the form is completed, submitted and acknowledged
Step 3: regional office reviews the form and evidence. If an NAO meets less than 50% of the standards, the NAO funds a visit (this seems to apply to Fiji)
Step 4: the form is completed with comments by the Regional Office and the NAO responds
Step 5: review of the overall form and update
Step 6: form completed by the Regional Office after comments received from the NAO
Step 7: Regional Office continues dialogue, sends the form to London for final action
. Full licence is allocated when the NAO meets all the required standards for the full licence.
. 12 people should be involved in the process from staff to volunteers.
A self-assessment form is provided based on the 6 themes.
. NAO licence review schedule: for Fiji, its accredited conditional licence expires 31 August 2017 and so the review will take place in March 2017.
Sub- licensing and growth: Required director office: In this office there are 165 units and 02 person in office Thanuja wijesinghe and john can manage each 80 units.
Unit level operation
Discussion on :
What benefits of sub licensing have you expected?
What are the benefits and challenges you have faced (in the beginning) when sub licensing (in the beginning)?
What are the services you provide for your licenses?
What are the challenges faced when managing your sub licenses?
How do you monitor and review your license?
. 165 Independent Award Centres (IAC) operate in the region which are licenced by the Regional Office.
. “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.” So we need to do things differently.
. If we are not using the ORB, the only useful stats are new entrants and Award winners. Growth is mainly coming through the IACs, not the NAOs. If Fiji is de-registered, the Regional Office can also issue licence to IACs and licencees in Fiji so that delivery can be continued.
. NAOs can be under sub-licence, for example: Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and then delivery and expansion grows. This is also a franchise or licence system with 7 key duties of licencees – conform to regulations, cooperate with licensor, share relevant information with licensor, attend training, implement relevant marketing activities, pay applicable fees and ensure sustainability.
Designing and Implementing a new National Award Delivery model:
Retail model- based on equality model- small/big
ORB- Digital management system
Part of those big model whole sale model – partnership model
Customized presentation- right Language for the authority
20% Disadvantage system
165 financial barrier on the award
100% o your donation goes direct to your youth
Of donation / family fund
Award leader license will be express.
Award leaders were main focus
New digital system:
. This will be launched to different NAOs from December 2016 to March 2017. The ORB is going to be available on phones and through the website and includes a news story facility. A short demonstration was given and it will make life easier operating on and offline. It will be available through the iTunes and Google Play stores. It is simple to operate for both the participant, Award Leader, NAO and DEIA.
. So the current structures are reflected in the attachment shared through Google docs.
. The issues we need to look at in terms of the new system will be governance and we need to appoint a Project Manager and Trainer (who could be the same person) as well as a communications system to get the message out. Translation will be done on the basis of NAOs providing the translated text.
. We need to look at planning in relation to the process: who, what, where, when, how as well as budget. We may need to look at a pilot group checking the system out before rolling it out and then supporting it.
. The “learning hub” has been a great initiative to share learning, best practice, information and to facilitate liaison.
NGO License presentation:
Cadet collages and armed forces
Award leaders i
Mapping the future – Review and work groups:
Product –tools- governance
Role of trustees – trust deed- induction of trustee
. Strategic development, statistics and headline targets: the numbers in many countries have declined recently and so we need to set an aspiration targets for 2020.
Warm up of day 2
|Review of day 2 and Introduction to day 3:
|Regional report: Bangladesh showed annual national conference
NAO reports presented by Rob Oliphant.
IAC report presented by Joel Grant and Thanuja
Defining marginalized/at risk group
IAF cannot define but explained De-Wint what the group[ meant
Sue explained the marginalized /at risk/disadvantages group of socio economic and cultural effort of the each.
The NAO reports includes:
· Bangladesh is focusing on the management information system, working with the military schools, costs effective enrolment as does the political stability, suggesting the Award needs to be ahead of its time.
· Hong Kong’s Board is appointed by the Secretary (Government) but is completely independent, have had some good support from Government, raise funds for operations but now Government has offered increased financial support, have the Award ceremony in Government House, from seed money they are able to launch a renovated expedition centre, decrease in youth population and some schools have closed down which caused a reduction in participation numbers, academic pressure on young people.
· India 2610 awards with an enrolment of over 3000 in the first part of 2016.
· Japan has 6 units – 4 schools, 1 international school, Boy Scouts and Ministry of Education, Government has reduced its contribution to the Award. Japanese do not understand the concept of youth development as the focus is on study so promotion is a challenge, using the ORB in English is an issue.
· In Korea the Government subsidised the Award as it is part of the Ministry but now the funds go directly to the Award so they are able to control issues better, likely to approach more schools as the focus is currently on youth centres and groups and growth is not significant. The National Chairman is a very famous former TV announcer and this will help raising awareness.
· Macau has some leadership changes, support from Government, as an association based country they have 10 000 associations many competing for young people, sent 160 young people to China for 4 nights and 5 days training linked to the military (could be residential project), initiated the Award at a younger age to get the young people used to it and so they move seamlessly into the main Award, due to increased affluence many parents are sending their children to school overseas.
· New Zealand increased in registrations and Awards gained, funders now profit driven and looking for outcomes, working with Blue Light and other organisations including at risk youth, prisons with some research being done, support from Ministry which has been restructured.
· Nepal circulated report and they got a lot of ideas from the meeting, selected Board from all parts of Nepal, the main challenge is human rather than financial resources so they requested some volunteers to help them for 3 months from other countries.
· Sri Lanka restructured in 2014, coming out of a civil war of 30 years, operating in 11 out of 25 districts, focus on refugee camps, disabled children, street children, homeless, orphans, young offenders, young people in remote districts, will promote more regional cooperation, offered to host Adventurous Journeys as they are Government funded, requested help to train more trainers.
. Australia was A$10 000 away from being bankrupt a few years ago and now has A$2m in the bank. They asked the question: “can we double the number of award entrants with what we have?” and the answer was “no” so they went on a change process identifying what worked, what did not and fixing the system. One of the issues which they considered was risk management as a young person died at one point and exposed the fact that Australia was not in control of the process. Now they charge S$165 per person to register but this is balanced against a subsidy for any young person who cannot afford to register. This person’s registration fee is paid and then an additional A$200 is allocated for expenses for that young person to participate and this is increased to A$3 000 per disabled person registered. They have separated their operations so they are not involved in providing services directly to participants but service the needs of licencees.
Achievements of 14 NAOs in the region :
. Duke Fest competition for young people to make videos for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
. Linked to Boy Scouts and the Rovers
. Successful Special Project application to address specific marginalised group
. Doubled the number of Award Units
. Implementation of ORB
. Working with young people with special needs
. Working with correctional facilities, orphanages and street children
. Expansion into China (international schools mainly)
ASIA Pacific Regional meeting 2016:
Apologies- Malaysian- Pakistan
· Definition of participation: suggested that people who are 25 years old be excluded; those who have registered on the ORB and have been actively engaged over 12 months, for example, should be included; or that the Foundation come up with a formula mostly based on the ORB.
· The current requirement is a form of NAO database but with the ORB, this will become compulsory and could include other innovations such as letters of recommendation or reports to be used by the participant for applying for jobs.
· Pricing policy for the ORB should have been done earlier and have gone through the International Council.
· Wrap up of conference with the following recommendations made:
. Report will go to the International Council
. Framework is a more appropriate descriptor, content can be useful and may add to the skills in the school area, built in themes such as nation building, benefits of the framework and getting supporting benefactors or those who recognise the value of the Award involved.
. Operating framework IACs have clear guidelines while perhaps NAOs may convey the message but there may be communication gaps to sub-licencees, % penetration rate may be a useful measure, Award Leader/Assessor to be supported through the Learning Hub
. Getting the right people with the right skills to work with young people
. Merge business processes with others e.g. link to the school calendar
. Recommended practice for Award Unit can be based on the validation process for the IACs but it needs to be adapted to some extent
. Governance where there are different country situations e.g. independent or within Government
. Induction, clearer understanding of delegated responsibilities, attitudes and behaviours including what sits within the international sphere
. Gap between decision-making and licence
. Flow diagram for decision-making needs simplification
. Decision making role of Trustees, to lead working groups and involve more people in working groups
. Forum per every 2 years, more side meetings, more business and less social time
. Historical model being used and perhaps have a new vehicle fit for purpose at this point in time and for the future
. Flowchart preferred but sometimes this leads to more questions
. Clarity on the mandate of each structure in the overly complicated system currently in place.
· None of the Duke of Edinburgh intellectual property may be used in any programme outside of the age group 14 to 24 (before 25th birthday)
· Targets for Bangladesh proposed
Year 2015 2017 2020
Entrants 2100 5000 10000
Awards gained 1000 2500 6000
Award units 80 120 160
. Bangladesh has an estimated population 15 to 25 of ?????????; currently we have 10000 award participants which is 0.0001% penetration where we can also get ??????. These figures were provided by the Foundation against the figures from our side for 2015 of 2100 entrants/participants and ??? Awards gained.
. 3 most important aspects of our work: increased awareness, more commitment and trained human resources
. 2 things the international Foundation could do: international funding e.g. contract Shell head office and then Shell at a national level supports the NAO; network with special interest groups and regional organisations (Francophone, International Boy Scouts); and increased volunteer recognition.
. We were under promising and with the hope of over delivering.
. Part of organisational growth includes Greiner growth model:
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Regional training panel (RTP) Breakout session:
Action planning and wrap up:
. Next meeting and upcoming events: those present were invited to consider expressions of interest to host the conference in 2017, the conditions will be circulated after the meeting and followed up by the Regional office; there have been some initial discussions with Malaysia.
. Chair’s concluding comments and closure:
· Kevin Plant from New Zealand was recognised for his long service to the Award, Mary Fisher who is a gold Awardee won a medal at the Paralympic Games yesterday
· The meeting ended at 12h07m.
The ground breaking ceremony :
General comment: it is not a requirement to do bronze before silver so in Jordan, the young people go straight into gold. Slovenia has the highest overall gold entrant figures.
. Any other business: Habitat for Humanity presentation (residential project possibility):
· Piloted in 5 countries China, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Philippines
· 6.8 million people helped through housing
· Now have “Habitat Young Leaders Build” to engage the youth to build homes and communities, raise funds, and build awareness.