Organisational Partnerships

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award works with hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators around the world, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.

We strive to create bespoke mutually-beneficial and value-driven partnerships, to increase the access, reach and impact of the Award globally.

There are three key types of organisational partnership:

1. Strategic delivery partnerships:

We work with a host of organisations in areas of education and youth development to bring the Award to more young people in more locations, from more diverse backgrounds than ever before. These partnerships include curriculum providers; professional bodies; uniformed organisations, and youth membership bodies.

Holistic learning, inside and outside the classroom – Cambridge International

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award partnered with Cambridge International to offer schools the opportunity to combine the world-class Cambridge Pathway, with the Award’s global non-formal education framework.

By offering the Award alongside formal education, we aspire to help develop confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged learners, as well as creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, and give service to their local community and experience adventure.

The partnership between Cambridge International and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is currently being piloted in Spain, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, India and South Africa, with the potential to extend to other countries in the coming year. To find out more please click here.

Already delivering The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

If you are already delivering The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and want to become a Cambridge International school please complete Cambridge Assessment International Education Expression of Interest Form.

Young people doing things

2. Operational Partnerships:

We collaborate with key organisations to empower young people and deliver the Award through dedicated projects. Successful collaborations to date include working with the Commonwealth; and with the Varkey Foundation.

Working with World Scouting

During the first World Non-Formal Education Forum, held on 9-11 December in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the six largest global youth organisations – one of which is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – came together to discuss the current state of non-formal education and learning and to share their vision of the education and learning by young people for decades to come.

As a result, we have produced a joint statement that emphasises the increasingly urgent need for the educational establishment to enable young people to meet the challenges of an unpredictable and rapidly changing world.

The ‘Big 6’ invite other youth organisations, in a global call to action, to join the conversation on non-formal education and strengthen the recognition of the benefits it brings to young people and their communities worldwide.

Read more: World Non-Formal Education Forum, December 2019: Working with World Scouting

3. The Big Six

Whilst partnerships vary from country to country, we also work with some organisations in a much more global context. Around the world, the Award works closely with, and is part of the ‘Big Six’ – six global youth volunteer and membership organisations, consisting of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Collectively, these organisations reach more than 100 million young people in over 200 countries and territories.

Interested in collaborating? Contact us here. We are always interested in working together to further the non-formal education agenda globally.