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Tuesday, 4 March 2008

President announces a new youth program

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday announced a new program aimed for the youth, titled “Second Chance”. Speaking at the ceremony held in South Ari Atoll Dhangethi to present the youth’s National Award, President Gayoom said that the aim of this program was to give second chances to those deprived of opportunities and services, and to allow them to adapt to the society and become innovative citizens.
President Gayoom began his speech by expressing condolences to the bereaved families of the five youths who died in an incident which occurred in Male’ late last night. A moment of silence was observed in remembrance of these youths.
In his speech, President highlighted the work done by the Government to provide different services for the youths living in all regions of Maldives. He said that work to build Youth Centers in three different atolls would begin this year. President Gayoom noted that the people of Dhangethi were very hard working and praised their excellent social ties. The youth’s National Awards, Shaheed Javaad Umar Award and the Youth Societies’ National Awards were presented to the respective winners by the President. Eleven individuals received the Youth National Award this year.
President Gayoom congratulated all the recipients of the awards. The people of Dhangethi presented an honorary plaque to the President at the ceremony. The Island Chief, Ali Waheed Aboobakuru handed the plaque to the President on behalf of the people of Dhangethi. Gasim Ibrahim, Ahmed Thasmeen Ali, Mohamed Wahiduddin and Mohamed Mauroof Jameel also received honorary plaques from the people of Dhangethi. Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Youth and Sports said that the theme for this years’ Youth Day, “Youth for Youth’s Development” signified the importance of the honesty and integrity within the youth community. He said that the main objective was for the youth to become responsible individuals. The vote of thanks was delivered by the South Ari Atoll Chief, Abdulla Jameel. At the end of the ceremony, the members of the Youth Expedition presented their song and their motto to the President.
President and the First Lady were greeted upon their arrival in Dhangethi this morning by chief officials of the Atoll, the Minister of Youth and Sports Mohamed Waheeduddin, guests attending the ceremony, officials of the island and members of the general public. The students of Dhangethi School presented a welcome song.

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