HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, announced as new Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) is delighted to announce that HRH The Duke of
Edinburgh will be the charity’s new Patron.
The Duke takes on the patronages previously held by his father, Prince Philip, who founded the Award in 1956. The Duke has been a passionate supporter of the International Award and DofE UK for decades, achieving his own Gold Award in 1986. The Duke has been a Trustee of the DofE since 1988 and of the International Award since 2006. He became Chairman of Trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation in 2015.
Stephen Peck, Interim Secretary General and Chief Operating Officer of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award said:
“We are delighted by the news of The Duke’s patronage. He has always been exceptionally dedicated to the Award; a champion of non-formal education and how it can make a life changing impact to young people all over the world.
Like our Founder, The Duke believes in the potential of young people and the power they have to create a
bright future for themselves and make a difference in their communities. On behalf of the 130+ countries
delivering the Award, we are excited to continue working closely with The Duke as the Award continues to
reach more young people around the world.”
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 is run in schools, colleges, clubs and community organisations, hospitals and prisons, in more than 130 countries.
The Duke becomes Patron of the International Award and DofE UK as young people across the world face an uncertain and challenging future. Having been among the hardest hit by the pandemic’s impacts, they are coping with the effects of lost education and record levels of mental ill-health while negotiating soaring living costs.
Under his patronage, the International Award will continue its work to give as many young people as possible the life-changing chance to do their Award – expanding its reach across internationally into the most deprived areas, and working to remove barriers for marginalised young people, including those with special educational needs and disabilities and those in prison and young offender institutions.
About the 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, The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment in South Africa, 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
Since its launch more than 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 Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh KG GCVO is Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International