Gaisce – The President’s Award
The response to this ‘National Challenge’ from the President of Ireland to all young people between 15 and 25 years of age, has been growing and spreading since the awards began as far back as 1985.
There are three awards – gold, silver and bronze - wherein young people attempt to complete the various tasks and face down the challenges involved, and all of this with a minimum time commitment involved, ranging from 6 – 18 months.
Every year, students in Transition Year embark on their Gaisce adventure. The challenges faced are in the areas of ‘Community Involvement’, ‘Personal Skill’, ‘Physical Recreation’ and ‘Adventure Journey’.
For those who wish to pursue the higher award levels and follow the Gaisce challenge to completion, some students continue on in 5th Year, while others defer this until after the Leaving Cert.
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