About us

The Award is licensed to operators around the world and whilst its framework does not differ from country to country, it can be uniquely tailored to every participant, to ensure it is nationally, culturally and personally relevant to each and every young person involved. In many countries the Award is delivered via licensed National Award Operators. In countries where a National Award Operator (NAO) is not present, the Award is delivered through Independent Award Centres (IACs), licensed directly by the Foundation.

Why now?

Formal education is vital in helping young people to arm themselves with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the world of tomorrow. But not all learning happens in the classroom. Formal education alone is not enough to ensure they have the skills to tackle life’s many challenges head on. Young people also need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

Non-formal education and learning plays a role in the development of skills such as resilience, confidence and communication and can help young people find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

The Award is a non-formal education and learning framework through which young people’s achievements outside of academia are recognised and celebrated. The Award focuses on allowing young people to step outside of their comfort zone; to try, test and reassess new ways of doing things. Through this set framework young people are encouraged to explore new frontiers, push their limits, and learn from both their successes and their mistakes.

Young people – with their dynamism, their energy and their inherent understanding of our interconnected world – have much to teach us. Increased educational attainment, advances in technology and the spread of information have made this generation the best educated, most connected and most informed in history."

Kofi Annan, 2013