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Help young people to be ready for the world, at a time when the world needs them more than ever.

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Ready for a new ‘normal’?

The challenges presented by COVID-19 are unprecedented. And today’s young people will endure its consequences for many years to come. 

Despite all of this they are strong and inspired and they are rising to the challenges presented by the pandemic. To show our support of their dedication and commitment, we have a special message from our Chairman of Trustees, HRH The Earl of Wessex, sharing inspirational examples of how young people around the world are rising to the recent global challenges and responding to the needs of others, especially the vulnerable and isolated through their involvement in the Award.

The film celebrates some of the truly amazing participants involved in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and the resilience, ingenuity, and adaptability they have shown during the challenges of COVID-19.

Please note: it is paramount that anyone considering undertaking Award activities outside of the home in areas affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak must consult their local public health or relevant government authorities before doing so.

The Award and the Foundation

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a non-formal education and learning framework operating in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, through which young people’s achievements outside of academia are recognised and celebrated.

We at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation are the engine that drives and supports the Award’s growth, access and impact across the globe.

We are committed to making the Award available to 1% of the youth population by 2023, which is 7.9m young people. This represents a 600% growth on current participation numbers.

It is our long term ambition that every eligible young person aged 14 – 24 will have the opportunity to participate in the Award. Our vision is that 20% of them are from at risk and marginalised communities for whom the Award can be truly life-changing.

Ready for the world

Our research at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award shows that through engaging in voluntary service, taking part in physical recreation, discovering personal interests and talents, and learning about leadership through adventurous activity, young people become confident, reflective, and engaged learners – in short, they become ready for the world.