What is the Award

Our founder

The Duke of Edinburghʹs International Award programme is the result of three people – His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Kurt Hahn, German educationalist, and Lord John Hunt, the leader of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest – which have realized that the development of young people is poor in some important areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a “do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilized living”.

The subsequent spread of the Award across the globe is testament to the universal appeal of the programme, and the vision of its founder. However, even HRH admits that this took him by surprise:

“When the first trial of the Award was launched in 1956, no one had any idea quite what would happen. In the event it was an instant success, and the Award has been growing and expanding worldwide ever since”.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has remained committed to the Award since its birth over 60 years ago, particularly in recognizing the achievements of Award participants and the adults who support them.

What is the Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the leader programme for personal development and it is addressed to young people aged between 14 and 24 years.

The Award programme has evolved very much since 1956, when it was launched in Great Britain and it has something new to offer to any young person in the world, regardless of where she/he is and regardless of the circumstances she/he is facing.

The worldwide expansion of the Award from the last 60 years has facilitated the access of a larger and larger number of young people – over 8 million youth from more than 140 countries and territories. The impact of the Award programme on many of these young people is extraordinary: it has transformed their lives.

In Romania, the programme was first introduced in 1991 by Sister Agnes in Roman-Catholic Parish of Motru, being carried on locally until 2011. Since 2011, the Award has expanded nationwide, where it was successfully implemented in many cities of Romania.

In April 2013 the license for Award Romania was signed in the presence of Secretary General, John May, thus our country becoming an Award National Authority. This was possible thanks to the support of the Little People Association of Romania.

Since June 2013 The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania is patronized by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margareta of Romania.

The first event as Patron was the Royal Gala for the official launch of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania, a unique event which has brought together the Royal Families of Romania and Great Britain, the Ministry of Education and more than 150 representatives from the public and private, sponsors and partners.

The events continued with the signing of the partnership with the Ministry of National Education and the Royal Lunch of Business Women organized and hosted by the Royal House of Romania.

Since the official launch of the programme in 2013, the Award has seen a rapid expansion, forming over 1000 Award Leader volunteers, more than 30 trainers which make possible the expansion of the programme to all the communities in the country and over 60 supervisors and assessors, which ensure the quality of the Adventure section.

Up to now, over 3000 young people have taken part in the program, discovering new skills and developing the existing ones.

Philosophy

  • For young people, participating in the Award is, above all, a personal challenge. Each participant has a unique chance to see themselves as a unique personality that we undoubtedly all are. To this knowledge the participant will be led by meeting a number of partial challenges whose particular shape will be chosen by each participant individually under the leadership of experienced leaders or trainers of the programme.
  • Thus, in Award young people do not compete against each other, but only with themselves as all difficulties surmounted by them during the programme will help them get to know their qualities and learn new skills. To the goal, the participants will be brought mainly by determination and perseverance. Exceeding yourself and your own expectations therefore becomes the biggest reward for the young person.

 

Principles

  • Since completing the Award is a real challenge for young people, it is crucial that they set their goals themselves as it suits them. If the accomplishment of the goals were too easy, the participant would not get the appropriate satisfaction from meeting the goals. On the other hand, too difficult challenges may discourage the participant from taking part in the programme.
  • That is why the programme has three levels with varying difficulty and duration – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each participant is helped by a trained Award leader in the choosing of the participant’s activities and goals.
  • In order for the development of the participants’ personalities to be balanced and complex, young people set their goals in four basic areas: skills, physical recreation, service and adventurous journey. For completing the gold level, they also take part in a residential project. The particular activities and goals in these areas are chosen by the participants according to their interests so that they are inspirational, fun and beneficial. A trained Award Leader ensures that the activities are balanced, the individual goals are attainable and the internationally set requirements of the programme are met.
  • Young people take part in the programme voluntarily and in their free time. After completing the selected level or levels of the programme, the participants, in addition to getting to know and improving themselves, will receive a certificate of completion of the Award and will take part in an Award ceremony attended by personalities not only from Romania, but also from the United Kingdom. An inseparable part of the programme is finding new friends that look for similar challenges and international opportunities.

 

Levels

The particpant can enroll for Bronze level from the age of 14. The level has 4 sections:

  1. Personal Skills
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Volunteering
  4. Adventure.

In the first three sections the minimum period of activity is 3 months. One of the sections will be chosen to set a more ambitious goal and will run for a minimum of 6 months.

The final trip of the Adventure section lasts at least 2 days and 1 night.

It will take at least 6 months to complete the Bronze level.

Bronze level documentation

To begin the Silver level, the participant must be at least 15 years old. The level has 4 sections:

  1. Personal Skills
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Volunteering
  4. Adventure

The final trip of the Adventure section lasts at least 3 days and 2 nights. The activities from the other sections last at least 6 months.

If the Silver level is started without the participant having completed the Bronze level first, the participant will have to spend six additional months for one of the following sections:

  • Personal Skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Volunteering

Therefore, it will take at least 6 months to complete the Silver level if the participant holds the Bronze level or 12 months if she/he has directly enrolled to the Silver level.

Silver level documentation

To begin the Gold level, the participant must be at least 16 years old. The level has 5 sections:

  1. Personal Skills
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Volunteering
  4. Adventure
  5. Residential Project

The activities in the first section can be completed in at least 12 months;

If the Silver level has not been completed, one of the first three sections will be chosen and completed in an additional 6 months.

The final trip from the Adventure section is planned together with the group, lasting at least 4 days and 3 nights, and for the Residential Project the participant will travel alone or with an organized group for at least 5 days and 4 nights.

Therefore, it will take at least 12 months to complete the Gold level if the participant holds the Silver level or 18 months if she/he has directly enrolled to the Gold level.

Gold level documentation