ABOUT THE AWARD

Overview

The Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development programme, empowering youth aged 14-24 to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive programme and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation oversees the Award Programme in over 130 countries and territories globally, with 18 countries in Africa. The Programme currently has over 1 million active participants globally with about three hundred thousand of the total participants based on the African Continent.

OUR VISION

To reach more young people from diverse backgrounds and equip them as individuals to succeed in life.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to empower young people between the ages of 14 to 24, through a balanced non-competitive framework for self development, enabling them to become responsible, active citizens within their communities.

OUR AMBITION

Every eligible young person in South Africa will have the opportunity to participate in the Award.

The Award’s history

OUR STORY

Founding of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, and Lord Hunt, leader of the first successful ascent of Everest. The idea was born in response to their concerns about the development of boys post World War II, due to the gap between leaving school at 15 and entering National Service at 18.

1956

Founding of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist, and Lord Hunt, leader of the first successful ascent of Everest. The idea was born in response to their concerns about the development of boys post World War II, due to the gap between leaving school at 15 and entering National Service at 18.

1956

Evolution of the Award

Although initially only available to boys aged between 14 and 18, there was great demand for a similar scheme for girls, and this was launched in September 1958.

1958

Evolution of the Award

Although initially only available to boys aged between 14 and 18, there was great demand for a similar scheme for girls, and this was launched in September 1958.

1958

Development of Skills Sections

In 1980, the upper age limit was extended to 25 and the Award took on its current four-Section format of: Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation.

1980

Development of Skills Sections

In 1980, the upper age limit was extended to 25 and the Award took on its current four-Section format of: Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation.

1980

Founding of The Gold Shield Award in South Africa

In 1983 was introduced in South Africa under the banner of the Gold Shield Award, with Dr Ian Player as the first Chairman.

1983

Founding of The Gold Shield Award in South Africa

In 1983 was introduced in South Africa under the banner of the Gold Shield Award, with Dr Ian Player as the first Chairman.

1983

Rebrand to The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment

In 1994 it was re-launched as The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, with Mr Nelson Mandela as the Founding Patron-in-Chief.

1994

Rebrand to The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment

In 1994 it was re-launched as The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, with Mr Nelson Mandela as the Founding Patron-in-Chief.

1994

Award Staff

NATIONAL OFFICE

Adele Latchman holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Strategic Social Engagement practice. Based on the varying positions she held over the years, she has acquired a diverse range of experience within several business sectors and industries.
Motivated by her passion to succeed in the social environment space, together with her commitment to making a difference in society, she accepted the offer to join The President’s Award as CEO in August 2020.
She is a firm believer in working hard and being passionate in all that she does and themes her life on a famous quote by Mother Theresa, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts”.

NATIONAL OFFICE

Felix is an experienced educator, educational entrepreneur and having managed several high-profile CSR projects, He has an unusual, yet informed, authentic view of the business of education.

Providing a platform to create an improvement in people’s context is part of his DNA. He is an people’s person and has a talent for leading, collaborating with and motivating individuals and teams – drawing on collective strengths to optimize performance. He is resourceful and creative and excels at recognizing and crafting possibilities and making them usable to create impact. He is continuously working to make a tangible difference to local communities through sustainable investment and responsible and authentic engagement.

WESTERN CAPE OFFICE

Mandy joined the Award in June 2012 in order to assist the Western Cape Office with administrative and event management responsibilities. She has event management experience and that is clearly displayed in how she contributes to the Western Cape Office. “To be part of a team that inspires our youth to become better human beings makes me a better person too.” Mandy can be reached on mls@presidentsaward.co.za.

GAUTENG OFFICE

Busi joined The President’s Award in September 2018 bringing along extensive experience in Youth Development. Busi is a Social Worker by Profession and has loads of energy and her passion is in psychosocial support for Youth at Risk. She is committed to taking the Gauteng region to greater heights. Busi can be reached on bm@presidentsaward.co.za.

EASTERN CAPE OFFICE

Qhama is a Gold Award Holder and has been part of the team since November 2019 as Programme Coordinator servicing the Eastern Cape region. Qhama can be reached on qd@presidentsaward.co.za.

LIMPOPO, MPUMALANGA, NORTH WEST OFFICE

Alfred comes from a teaching background and has been involved a lot with sports development in schools. “It’s an honour to be part of a prestigious Award such as The President’s Award”. Alfred can be reached on ap@presidentsaward.co.za

KWA-ZULU NATAL OFFICE

Shani joined the Award family in March 2007 and is the Administrator for KwaZulu-Natal. Having completed a secretarial course and worked for a local estate agent, Shani contributes positively to our administrative needs within the organisation. “It is a great experience being part of a team of good people, who are doing good work, to make sure that our youth are equipped to meet the challenges facing them.” Shani can be reached on sos@presidentsaward.co.za

KWA-ZULU NATAL OFFICE

Matthew is a self-motivated and an ambitious individual who is driven by setting and achieving goals. He believes that flexibility and resourcefulness are the two imperative keys to the door of success.  He is extremely proactive and will forever go the extra mile to assist wherever he can.

He is currently studying through Richfield Institute of Technology towards a degree in business communication and marketing management.

His greatest joy as a Programme Manager is the opportunity to teach young people skills that are not generally taught in the classroom. Given a front row seat to watch our future generation grow is an absolute blessing.

Board of Trustees

OUR LEADERSHIP

Chairman’s Message

World-class organizations are defined by certain core characteristics: expertise, innovation and passion for serving.

I am humbled by and honoured to work alongside a group of dedicated Trustees, an exceptional and innovative leadership and operations team and a passionate volunteer network of teachers, parents and community leaders who have joined forces with us to serve our young people in South Africa.

Trustees are responsible for leadership and good governance of The President’s Award.

Trustees are also responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements in accordance with a generally accepted accounting framework

The Trustees meet once a quarter and consider financial and narrative reports presented to them by the CEO.  An Annual General Meeting is held each year.

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