The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education framework which operates in more than 130 countries and territories, helping 14 – 24 year olds to develop the skills, perseverance, and resilience needed to become active citizens and well-rounded adults. It is the world’s largest youth achievement charity.
Through developing transferrable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Award helps young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.
There are 1.3 million young people taking part. Our ambition is to be accessible to every 14-24 year old, regardless of location, ability or experience.
The Award enables 14-24 year olds around the world to experience the benefits of non-formal education. In addition, it indirectly benefits the adults who facilitate and support the Award’s delivery and the communities within which it operates, via a range of benefits including increased social cohesion, adult learning and mentoring opportunities and more.
The Award has a proven track record of success over 60 years and in more than 130 countries and territories.
When paired with a formal education, the Award provides a fantastic foundation for a young person to thrive. It supports young people from a wide range of backgrounds.
a. 20 years of proven success in the penal system of South Africa, New Zealand and the UK: a material drop in recidivism for those who have completed the programme
b. 150,000+ participants from at risk and marginalised backgrounds
c. 1,800 new participants daily
d. 180,000 adult volunteers supporting the delivery of the Award around the world
e. >60 years of consistently positive results for young people across the globe