These are challenging times and life as we know it has changed dramatically. But the Award is here to help. By continuing on their Award journeys, young people can build resilience, take care of their physical and mental wellbeing and support their communities, at a time when we need it more than ever. It’s time to be #WORLDREADY.

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COVID-19 virus outbreak

Please find information on delivering the Award during the COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) outbreak, and ideas to help participants continue to progress their Award from home, here.

You can also read a message from our Chairman and our Secretary General here.

Millions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. In many places, schools and youth organisations may be closed and people confined to their homes to reduce the spread of the virus. In others, these measures may be being considered.

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.


young people say formal learning alone is not enough to prepare them for the world

young people want to make a difference in the world

adults think there’s pressure on young people to strive for perfection

young people want to find a job which fulfils their passion

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.

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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.