Our patrons and supporters

In Slovakia and internationally, there are several supporters and patrons who support the Award.

Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (The Founder)


The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, the German educationalist. Both were concerned that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a 'do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living'. When the first trial of the Award was launched in 1956, no one had any idea quite what would happen. In the event it was an instant success, and the Award has been growing and expanding worldwide ever since."

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh remained committed to the Award since its birth over 50 years ago. He continued to be involved throughout his whole life, particularly in recognising the achievements of Award participants and the adults who support them. To find out more about HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, visit the official website of the British Monarchy.

Photo: British Monarchy

Zuzana Čaputová, President of the Slovak Republic (supporter)

Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová took over the baton after the previous president, Mr. Kiska. She started supporting DofE at the time of taking office. She personally attended the DofE Bronze and Silver Ceremony in Bratislava on September 10, 2019, where she supported over 600 DofE graduates who, through participation in DofE, developed their perseverance, purposefulness and internal motivation. In her speech, she herself mentioned that "perseverance is one of the best preconditions for success," thus expressing the reason why she supports the program herself. We look forward to working with the President to reward our graduates and volunteers in the program.

Photo: Prezidentská kancelária

Michaela Musilová, Marsonaut and Gold Award holder (patron)

Michaela Musilová

Michaela is an Astrobiologist, who worked for NASA and the ESA. Currently she is a chairwoman of SOSA (Slovak organization for Space Activities), also works as a pedagogue for the International Space University (ISU) and as a consultant for several international companies in the space sector. She is known as the Slovak "marsonaut" because she was chosen in 2014 to take part in the simulated Martian expedition in the United States and in 2017 will take part in the next international simulated mission to Mars, which will she will be leading.
Michaela received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award during her studies at university in the UK. Michael is very grateful for all the help he received during her career. She is therefore very glad that through the Award she could at least give something back to the community.

Photo: Michaela Musilová

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