Opening of new International Award HQ

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit staff at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and The Royal Commonwealth Society

Staff at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (the Foundation) and The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) were visited by two very special guests on Wednesday March 12.

HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited the charities’ headquarters in London to learn more about how the organisations are providing non-formal education programmes to empower young people in the Commonwealth and beyond.

On HM’s first visit to the Foundation, The Queen had the opportunity to learn more about the Award and how the development of digital tools is enabling them to reach more young people from diverse backgrounds.

During the visit, one lucky Award participant had their Gold Award signed off on the Online Record Book (ORB) by The Duke. The ORB is a new global digital platform, which replaces the paper Record Book, designed to help participants, leaders and assessors doing, delivering and assessing the Award. (similar to eDofE in the UK)

Amanda Lawson, who has just completed her Gold Award, says taking part in the Award helped her to overcome many challenges. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, Amanda was determined not to let her condition define her or her capabilities. “Participating in the Award has taken me out of my comfort zone. My boundaries were certainly pushed to their limits during a number of my challenges but I was determined to complete my Gold Award. Giving up was not an option.” Her success in completing her Gold is a testament to the adaptability of the Award framework and its accessibility to all, no matter their background or ability.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation oversees the delivery of the Award worldwide. The Award provides a framework of experiential learning that helps young people develop skills for life and provides worldwide recognition for their achievement. The Foundation’s long-term vision is to provide the world’s 1.2 billion 14-24 year olds with access to the Award.

You can find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award online at www.intaward.org

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