National Projects funded by the Award through The Global Youth Mobilization

Earlier this year, Global Youth Mobilization (GYM) invited national organisations to apply for project funding designed to support young people in the recovery from Covid-19. 

There was an overwhelming interest from organisations within all ‘Big 6’ members, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.  

We are very pleased to announce the 13 projects within our Award family who have been selected to receive GYM National Projects funding. 

The projects are in many different parts of the world and are wide-ranging in their focus – but all have the same goal; equipping young people with the skills, resources and knowledge to make change in their local communities and develop innovative solutions for the impact of COVID-19. 

Congratulations to everyone who received funding. We look forward to following their progress. 

You can read more about the projects below.

Engaging the Underrepresented Young People in the Fight Against COVID-19: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Cameroon

This project will support less privileged groups of young people who have been greatly affected by Covid-19. Young people living on the streets, those in Internally Displaced Persons’ Centres, prisons and correctional centres across Cameroon will be invited to attend workshops to learn skills, including sewing, barbering/hairdressing and the manufacturing of hand sanitizers and soaps – and carry out awareness campaigns on personal hygiene. 

The Czecho-Slovakian DofE Online Academy: Czechia and Slovakia (joint project) 

The Award in Czech Republic and Slovakia have joined together to support young people who, due to long periods of school closures during the pandemic, are not easily able to access non-formal education. They will utilise interactive online workshops to engage young people who may currently be experiencing lack of motivation, interest, or living with mental health challenges.
This project is run with the support of World Scouts and YMCA. 

You can find out more here: and

The Bridge Project: The Head of State Award Scheme – Ghana (HOSA)

The Bridge Project will work with young offenders, young people currently living on the streets and those living with physical and mental health challenges by helping to develop relevant skills and increase independence, using the Award framework as a ‘bridge’. 

The Bridge project invites young people to explore their roots, environment and how they can grow together with others. This project is run with the support of World Scouts and YMCA. 

You can find out more here.

YOUTH WE 3ERVE: The Hong Award for Young People

In collaboration with the World Scouts and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts this year-long programme will include mental health training and the providing of services to 300 young people in the community. 
Watch more about YOUTH WE 3ERVE below:


You can find out more here. 

Empowering the Visually Impaired to be World Ready: The International Award for Young People, India

This project will empower visually impaired young people to be World Ready by building new skills, confidence and resilience through undertaking the Award. This will open up the opportunity to engage in non-formal education and skills development outside the classroom to young people who ordinarily don’t have access to this. 
Find out more here.

Youth-led Covid-19 Recovery Project: The International Award for Young People Israel 

Youth-led Covid-19 Recovery Project: The International Award for Young People Israel 

Young Award Leaders from all over Israel will meet up for a 3-day leadership seminar, to work together on the creation of projects that will meet the specific COVID-19 challenges in their communities. With the facilitation of IYA staff, the Young Award Leaders will develop these projects and take them back to their communities to implement and deliver them.

Find out more here.

Covid-19 Response and Recovery Project: The President’s Award – Kenya 

This response and recovery project will address at-risk young people who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. They will receive relevant skills-based training and work with business experts to build knowledge and management expertise that young people can use in the world of employment or when setting up their own business. PA-K are hopeful that this programme can continue long after the initial funded-project.

Find out more here. 

Masterclass of Happiness: The International Award for Young People – The Netherlands 

Masterclass of Happiness will present a special series of free masterclasses, hosted by facilitators who specialise in ‘cultivating happiness’. Sessions will encourage Award participants and their friends to come together and discover what makes us happy as individuals, and how we can cultivate greater happiness. 

This project is also supported by World Scouts and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Find out more here.  

Extending the Reach of the Award to Youth in Prison: The Duke of Edinburgh Award Nepal

This project will work to establish the delivery of the Award in a Nepalese prison, with the hope of operating in a minimum of two prisons by the end of the project, and beyond. This will provide young people in prison an opportunity to partake in non-formal education activities and gain recognition for their achievements through the Award.

Find out more here.

Nigeria COVID-19 Recovery Project: The International Award for Young People Nigeria

This COVID-19 recovery project will seek to provide access to non-formal education to less privileged young people from public secondary schools in Northern Nigeria who cannot afford the cost of participating in the Award. Informal training with be provided, such as IT skills and financial management. There will also be support to the local community through voluntary service and the promotion and carrying out of activities that encourage regular and proper hygiene practices.

Find out more here.

Boost Camps: MEPI – Program Mednarodno priznanje za mlade – Slovenia  

Boost Camps are designed for young students to awaken their goal-oriented and creative minds, and focus on showing the importance of giving back to society and maintaining good physical and mental health.  

The project is run in conjunction with World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and World Scouts. 

Slovenia GYM Boost project

Find out more here.

Safe Spaces Project: The President’s Award Trinidad and Tobago

‘Safe Spaces Project’ aims to open up welcoming, supporting safe spaces for young people, re-envisioned for the remote environment. Gold participants and Award Leaders will be trained as Peer Helpers to serve listen, support, educate and empower their peers to cope with the stresses posed by Covid-19. 

This project is run with the support of World Scouts and Girl Guides. 

Watch a video about their project below:

Uthabiti (Resilience): Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Uganda

Young people will be equipped with the knowledge and skill sets to enact behavioural change; to effectively contribute towards the fight against COVID19 and minimize its impact among the young people and their communities.  

Peer educators will be trained in community mobilization skills, knowledge about the pandemic, and trained in health practices recommended by the World Health Organisation. They’ll share this knowledge through weekly peer education sessions, across the course of 12 months. This project is run with the support of World Scouts.