The Award and UniversitiesThe Award: Equipping young people with skills for life
- Learn new skills to add to your CV; team work, communication and problem solving, skills which employers find valuable
- Complete the Award alongside your studies and other commitments – fit it in around your time
- Make a difference to your community through volunteering and impress employers with your commitment to helping others
- Build your confidence - try something new
- Make lasting friendships
The Award is also beneficial to institutions themselves, not least as a way to ensure students have a positive learning experience. The Award can:
- Add value to learning by integrating a programme that offers practical experience and builds confidence
- Help an institution build relationships with local businesses and the wider community
- Make you an institution of choice for students looking for more than just a qualification
- Build a team of student volunteers who go on to become Award leaders themselves who promote the Award and the institution
“Gaisce – The President’s Award - is the most prestigious Award for young people in Ireland and is well respected internationally, says Student Development Co-ordinator Aidan Healy.
Students completing the Award at the University are also attracting publicity.
At Egerton University, located in Njoro 200 km from Nairobi, the Award is helping young people make a difference in their communities. Award participants are teaching in primary and secondary schools, providing information on HIV/AIDS and taking part in outreach work to support parents. They are also fundraising to help send three children from primary schools they’ve visited on to secondary education.
In Australia, institutions can see the value the Award brings to their students, their institution and to their community.