What to support
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (or the Award) is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life. In 2013 more than one million young people around the world took part in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories. The following video will show you Jiri Zrust, our Board member, talking about his support for The Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (shortened to the Award) is a program, that allows young people to use their free time productively and improve their skills that will be valuable not only at their future workplace. The Award is accepted by various institutions and employers around the world, thanks to its reasearch proven impact. The Award has very strong links with the British Royal Family as it was founded in the UK in 1956 by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG KT.
For a young person, the participation in the program is an interesting experience through which he/she learns that by being responsible, persistent and determined, one can reach even the most ambitious goals.
By joining the program the young person accepts a challenge to continuously work on himself/herself. And fulfilling the challenge gives him/her confidence and passion to approach life actively and seek other challenges in the community life as well as in the fields of study and professional career.
The programme stands on an elaborated and time-tested methodology based on the principles of experiential learning and an individual approach to each youngster.
Other arguments in favor of this programme can be found in the authentic stories of its successful participants.
Benefits of the programme for young people
- They gain experience and develop skills that are very convenient in their everyday life as well as in their curriculum (pe. team skills, willingness to )
- They create awareness of their potential, strengths and weaknesses
- They find new interests, friends and opportunities
- They get new friendships and relationships with their peers as well as other generations for doing something positive and constructive in their free time
- They learn to set up and meet their own goals and can exceed their expectations
- They increase their self-reliance and self-confidence
- They develop their sense of responsibility to others
- They create an active and self-motivating attitude to the world around them
- They are rewarded for their effort by a prestigious Award Certificate
Surveys have shown that thanks to the above benefits, participating in the programme helps improve school attendance and school results of young people, raises their lifelong interest in learning, increases their employability, social involvement and tolerance and also plays an important role in the prevention of asocial and criminal behaviour.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation has published a brochure about the Award's impact that you can download here:
You can find more resources on the impact of the Award on the website of the UK National Award Office.