The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. Since it was founded by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, over eight million people have participated in the Award in over 130 countries.
The Award is open to all young people regardless of their background and circumstances. Our ambition is that every young person aged 13 ½ to 25 in Malta will have the opportunity to participate in the Award. It is delivered around the world by schools, colleges, universities, employers, youth agencies, social clubs, young offenders’ institutions, and sports clubs. The impact of the Award on many young people is extraordinary: it transforms their lives.
Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals and record their own progress. The Award is voluntary and non-competitive. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
Gold Award Level: Gold (16+)
Award Sections: Service, Physical Recreation, Skills, Adventurous Journey (and a Residential Project for Gold).
Adventurous Journey: done in a group between 4-7 participants.
Gold: 3 nights 4 days, (8 hours of effort per day)
3 of the Award Sections: Service, Physical Recreation, Skill are done individually and can be done consecutively or concurrently. Participants are free to choose to do anything they like in each section and it can be something they have always wanted to do but never had the opportunity to do so, or else it can be something they are already doing and get recognition for it. Depending on the Level participants choose to do, although for all levels participants need to do one hour a week for each section, the difference is in the period of time as per hereunder.
Gold: one hour a week for 12 months (an additional 6 months in their favourite section)