It was really an awesome opportunity for me to represent my country on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to the International Gold Event in Prague, Czech Republic from 25th -30th October, 2017. This year’s IGE was somewhat more special as 80 delegates from 50 different countries were gathered on a common platform for a common cause as well as to celebrate 50th year of IGE. The International Gold Event (IGE) is a global leadership program for the immediate next generation of key decision makers and influencers within The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award worldwide. IGE brings different leaders across the globe within the Award to the ground where they can enhance their skills and knowledge by mutual sharing which helps the Award to develop skilled manpower for the future development of the Award. The theme for this year’s IGE was, “Engaging a younger generation in our sustainable future”.
The skills development training was really fantastic, which began with the Eagle Chicklet story and ended with different leadership and skills development games. The delegates were allowed to share their own success stories and put on their opinions where ever necessary. It helped us a lot to become more open and communicate well with other delegates in our group which was the pillar of the upcoming field visit. During the field visit, all the groups were provided with a topic and required information to work together and develop a project concept note which could be implemented in Czech Republic and Slovakia in the beginning and may be to other parts of the world later on.
Our group was one the most diverse group and we were lucky to go to Slovakia for our field visit. We met 5 Professors from the University of Matej Bel, where the University is offering an Award Leaders course as an elective subject for its students. We spent two days working on developing new creative ideas on making this programme more accessible to the students and getting more and more motivated students to take this course. Taking this course would help them develop their leadership skills and prepare them to become a future leader for the upcoming next generation. This also allows the involvement of our younger generation to come in front, take immediate action for the sustainable development of the award. The most interesting part was the, Emerging Leader`s Forum where all the groups had to present their project to HRH the Earl of Wessex, International Council and others. The announcement of 8 new emerging leaders for upcoming 3 years representing their region was done by the chair of the International Council at the same forum.
The whole event was a great learning and sharing of experiences within the Award family for all the delegates who will be working closely with their NAOs back home to make the Award more accessible to the younger generation who need it as the Award helps young people across the globe to go beyond barriers, enhance their capacities and skills. I believe that IGE helped me to explore a lot of new things which would be very beneficial for my NAO to move ahead with the Award. I was very glad to get an opportunity to share the Award stories from Nepal to HRH the Earl of Wessex and talk about making it more accessible to all the youths across the country. And, yes this is all an overview of IGE where learning, fun, sharing, making great friends, connections and a lot of things come hand in hand which makes it a great event.