18 March 2022


Some 150 Award participants today received their Bronze and Silver Award Certificates from HRH The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (IAF), which is known locally as The President’s Award-Kenya (PA-K).

His Royal Highness is on the final day of a four-day visit to Kenya, which is The Earl’s first overseas visit with the International Award since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before the Award ceremony, in an African-themed manyatta mentorship session, the awardees interacted with captains of industry drawn from both public and private sectors who passed on their experiences of work, business and life in general as well as meeting with role models including Eliud Kipchoge, Olympic Champion and World Record Holder in the Men’s Marathon. The Award participants also shared their own experiences as they explored the path they want to take in life.

The young people, who were all part of the Compass Project, spent months on various outdoor activities of their choice as they worked towards their Award.

The Compass Project was launched on 15 January 2016 with the objective of helping young people to access the Award through a digital platform, while supporting the President’s Award-Kenya. As a result, institutions delivering the Award were equipped with ICT equipment towards the initiative and, to date, more than 600 young people have benefited from the Project.

HRH Kenya March 18 2022


For more information, interviews or Award content:

Nellie Munala C.E.O, The President’s Award-Kenya

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About The President’s Award-Kenya

  • The President’s Award – Kenya was officially launched in 1966 by President Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of Kenya and later established by an Act of Parliament, President’s Award Act No.30 of 2017, as a State Corporation domiciled in the Ministry of Education
  • The Award is offered to in school and out of school youth between the ages of 14 – 24
  • There are thousands of young people across Kenya completing their Award supported by hundreds of dedicated volunteers and supporters
  • The President’s Award Kenya is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Chairman of the President’s Award – Kenya Board of Trustees is Fr. (Dr.) Dominic Wamugunda
  • Kenya houses the Nairobi office of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Nairobi office, which is also in charge of Sub-Sahara Africa.

To find The President’s Award -Kenya please visit here.


About The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education and learning framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through Adventurous Journey and volunteer within their community.
  • It was founded by HRH The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, in conjunction with German educationalist Kurt Hahn.
  • It is known by a range of different names around the world – including The President’s Award in Kenya, DofE in the UK, The International Award for Young People in India and Mednarodno priznanje za mlade (MEPI) in Slovenia.
  • There are currently more than a million young people completing their own unique Award programme, via hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offenders’ institutions.
  • The Award is delivered around the world by schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations, young offenders’ institutions, religious organisations, sports clubs, and a whole host of other civic organisations.
  • From running as an established programme in a blind boys’ academy in India, to the introduction into youth organisations in Israel; the Award’s framework can support and thrive in a multitude of different environments.
  • Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefitting from its impact in communities around the world.
  • HRH The Earl of Wessex is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.