Thursday 17 March 2022

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex meets H.E. The President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Cabinet Secretaries to discuss the importance of non-formal education

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, today met H.E. The President of the Republic of Kenya.

The Earl of Wessex visited State House, Nairobi, where His Royal Highness spoke to H.E. The President about the Award’s work in Kenya. His Excellency is a valued Ambassador of the Award in the country.

The President’s Award – Kenya, the name under which The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award operates in the country, has been greatly supported by the Kenyan Government under Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH.

It is during his term that the President’s Award – Kenya was enacted as an Act of Parliament, making it a semi-autonomous Government agency. The Kenyan Government helps to fund the Award and provides much other critical support, including through human resources, providing vehicles for transportation and providing office space in Nairobi’s business hub.

His Royal Highness had meetings with Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation & Youth Affairs and Dr Sara Ruto, Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Education.

Together, they discussed the importance of the Award as a framework and the crucial value of non-formal education and learning. They also discussed the role of ICT and Innovation in the employability of young people.

Finally, His Royal Highness met with members of the business community from across Africa, hearing from entrepreneurs and innovators about their work.

Uhuru Kenyatta and HRH



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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.

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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 for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.