An Gaisce

The President’s Award or, An Gaisce, is a programme that was set up to encourage young people to set out personal challenges and ways to achieve them. Individuals take on these challenges under the areas of learning a personal skill, involvement in community , taking on a form of physical recreation or completing an adventure trip. These sections are all supervised by a PAL (President’s Awards Leader). An Gaisce is the country’s most prestigious and respected individual reward programme.

There are three different types of award that you can earn – bronze, silver and gold. Bronze is earned over a period of approximately six months; silver is a little more interesting at 12 months and if you’re up to the challenge the gold award is earned over approximately 18 months.

On Tuesday the 9th October a group of eighteen students from Davitt College attended an An Gaisce awards ceremony in GMIT, accompanied by PAL Emer Whyte. Amongst the group seven obtained silver awards and twelve earned the bronze award.