The awards committee of The Fatu Network Heroes Awards has finalised the categories for the top-line awards as well as the criteria. The 5-member committee has identified 10 categories in which a nominee in each category will be awarded.
See the different awards categories and their criteria as well as an explanation of the awards committee and the awards procedures below.
The members of the awards committee are chosen by The Fatu Network. These individuals are apolitical and have been seen by The Fatu Network as able to demonstrate fair and unbiased judgement in assisting to recognize exemplary Gambians. Once identified, the committee works independently from The Fatu Network. The Fatu Network cannot make any decisions as to who should be awarded or not.
Essentially, anyone can nominate an individual or group they see fit to receive an award within the applicable category. Prior to the awards, there will be a brief period of time in which the general public has the opportunity to submit nomination suggestions based on the categories and criteria presented. From there, the awards committee will assess all suggestions and ultimately narrow it down to a maximum of 3 candidates for each category.
Determining Award Winners
Award winners will be determined by both the awards committee (60%) and the general public (40%). Once the nominees for each category are finalized, there will be a public voting poll open which will feature the group/person’s qualifications, work, and accomplishments. There are two methods of voting: an easily accessible online survey and AFRICELL SMS. All will be informed immediately when the polls are open, each individual can only vote ONCE.
Resolving a conflict of interest: If a member of the committee is directly involved with a nominee, they will automatically be excluded from nominating and/or voting in that category.
. Agriculture- Agricultural Leadership Award
. Diaspora Engagement Award
. Disabled- Trailblazer Award (Honouring the differently abled)
. Education- Education Prize for Excellence Award
. Environment- The Green Award
. Health- Health Servant of the Year Award
. Philanthropy- Philanthropist of the Year Award
. Posthumous- Iconic Gambian Award
. Youth- Exemplary Youth Award
. Person Of The Year Award
Agricultural Leadership Award
The Agricultural Leadership awardee is one who establishes high-impact achievements in the realm of Gambian agriculture. This group/person’s work has resulted in the demonstrable increase in the quality, quantity and/or availability of consumables for our urban and/or rural society- even more so if their ‘green thumb’ has been able to extend outside of the borders of The Gambia. We are considering the significance of individual achievements, but the complexity of the problem solved will be the most important aspect considered.
. Increased production or productivity of crops
. Reduced cost of cultivation through the use of sustainable methods
. Has reduced poverty, hunger or suffering; or enhanced health, nutrition, quality of life and well being
. Uses cutting-edge technology to address food security
For years, groups and individuals of the Gambian Diaspora have been selflessly and tirelessly contributing to the development of The Gambia from a distance. The Diaspora Engagement Award aims to highlight and showcase this effort! We are not talking of the obligatory remittances sent back to sustain their families back home, but going further by striving to make a difference and actively contributing to the change they want to see.
. Donates an extensive amount of time, energy, or money to an underrepresented and underdeveloped cause in The Gambia
. Created a group or organization that contributes to the development or advancement of the following sectors: Maternal Health, Education, Science, Poverty, Environment etc.
Education prize for Excellence of the Year
“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else” – Lee Iacocca
The Education Prize for Excellence Award aims to highlight and reward a true inspirer in and out of the classroom, we are looking to recognize a teacher, administrator or institution. The importance of the role a teacher and/or institution plays extends far past the textbook and deep into the future of the youth, especially in a society like this where the youth spend a large amount of time under their care. Even more so, in a society like this where the youth account for roughly 60% of the population and are, undoubtedly, the future of The Gambia.
. An outstanding Teacher, Administrator or Institution
. Proven record of outstanding achievement and leadership in the education sector
. Uses modern techniques and innovations to impact knowledge
. Achieved significant results (of a class/individual) through their influence
. Exposed and encouraged youth to participate in national and international competitions
. Overcomes difficult challenges to delivering quality education in a marginalized or disadvantaged community, especially in the rural Gambia
THE GREEN AWARD
More often than not, environmental causes are neglected and not seen as a pressing enough issue to pursue. This is a wild misconception and approaches the very basis of our homes and livelihoods. The Green Award will highlight and reward the efforts of a group or individual working tirelessly against the odds to ensure that a difference is made in the way we treat our environment. This can be by way of sustainable business solutions, activism, policy or any effective type of outreach being made to change the societal norms in Gambia.
. Uses sustainable and innovative means to address environmental challenges
. Demonstrated achievements in rolling back the effects of climate change
. Initiated a major environmental initiative that addresses and provides sustainable solutions to waste management
. Has a proven track record of activism to both educate and inform stakeholders and communities alike on issues affecting our environment
Health Servant of the Year
The Health Servant of the Year award is dedicated to a civil servant promoting or improving the health and well-being of all individuals that cross their paths. Regardless of social background, wealth, status or influence- this individual treats all walks of life as one when it comes to dedicating their time, expertise, and energy.
. Makes ‘do’ with limited resources to incite impactful results that save or enhance lives
. Shows extraordinary commitment to dispensing healthcare throughout the country
. Demonstrates strong leadership that results in significant gains for a health facility
. Goes above and beyond in providing greater care, excellent customer service and support for patients during their line of duty
. Innovative health administrators and organizations that have made significant contributions to the health sector can also be nominated in this category
Philanthropist of the Year
The Philanthropist of the Year award is presented to an extraordinary individual who has shown outstanding leadership in the area of philanthropy and who, throughout their giving, has made remarkable differences in bringing about sustainable social change.
. Giving at the moment is a ‘giving’ that is strategic and long-term
. May include an individual, couple or family
. Evidence of outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time
. Willingness to serve in leadership roles and provide vision and the ability to involve others in philanthropic efforts
Trailblazer of the Year (Honoring the differently abled)
The Trailblazer of the Year award is accredited to celebrate and acknowledge a person with a disability who, despite the odds against them, RAISE THE BAR AGAINST THE ONE SET FOR THEM.
. Breaks barriers to accomplishing an extraordinary achievement, especially by members of the disability community
. Proven record of sustained advocacy or campaign that empowers persons with disability
. Emerged as a strong voice for the cause of persons with disability
. Donates resources and time to championing the cause of persons with disability
. Initiate a project that provides skills for the employability of persons with disability.
Posthumous (inspiring Gambian award)
This award celebrates a person who made numerous sacrifices for the advancement of our society. Life is precious and only true patriots are willing to give it up for the greater good. This award is a nod to not only the selflessness of the recipient but also the inspiring attributes he/she possessed.
Criteria (not limiting):
. Lost their life in the previous year (2019)
. Led a life of sacrifice and dedication to justice for all or any particular noble cause
. Was a voice for the voiceless during their lifetime
. Sacrifice resulting in lasting, positive impacts on The Gambian society
The Exemplary Youth Award section is dedicated to a young Gambian who exerts their effort to create positive social, economic and/or environmental change in our society. Making up roughly 60% of the Gambian population the youth are undoubtedly the future, but this person in particular has been demonstrating acute direction regarding solving at least one of the numerous development issues we continue to face. This person’s ideas and actions are innovative, and impactful, and have the potential to bring about true structural and institutional change. We are particularly looking for an individual who has demonstrated: Resourcefulness and Perseverance, Strategy and Bigger Picture, Revolutionary Thinking, and Advocacy.
. Aged 15-35
. Making a difference in the Gambian society
. Has spearheaded urban and/or rural projects/community initiatives
. Innovative in Business/Entrepreneurship