The Award equips young people for life
We believe that not all learning happens in the classroom. In fact we believe that some of life’s biggest lessons happen in the least likely locations. This is how our framework helps young people discover a talent, trait or passion at which they can excel, giving them the confidence to take their future in stride.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global framework for non-formal education and learning, which challenges young people between the ages of 14 and 24 to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world. Through developing transferable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Award helps young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world. From coast to coast to coast since 1963, it operates in more than 130 countries and territories, helping to inspire millions of young people to take control and make their own choices. And it’s not limited by the boundaries of one programme or place. There are more than 1 million young people currently completing their own unique programme, via hundreds of thousands of youth focused partners and operators, who are in tune with the interests and challenges facing young people today, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.
In Romania, the Award was first introduced in 1991 by Sister Agnes in Roman-Catholic Parish of Motru, being carried on locally until 2011. Since June 2013 The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania is patronized by Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown.
Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Romania can be found right across the country, engaging over 8,000 young people and over 1,500 Award Leaders and with millions having participated around the world. Our program is run in cities, rural and remote areas, through government and independent schools, universities and colleges, and a wide range of organizations, sports clubs, employers, youth detention centres and community youth organizations. They are empowered with not just the confidence, but also the desire to create meaningful change, finding their purpose, passion and place in the world.
What drives us
Our Award program challenges young people in Romania to develop skills and tools to improve themselves and their communities by encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zone. Many young people, through lack of confidence, opportunity or education, feel incapable of affecting real change in their communities. Our unique program is designed to help them discover that they are more capable and powerful than they ever dreamed.
To give young people aged 14-24 a supportive, non-competitive youth development platform that deepens self-awareness, builds confidence and broadens skills and experience to further their growth as active, responsible citizens.
To inspire and promote lifelong improvement for all young people by encouraging personal development and achievement.
The Award is about individual challenge and developing a sense of commitment. With guidance from Award Leaders, Assessors or other Award volunteers, each young person is encouraged to examine themselves, their interests, abilities, and ambitions, then set challenges in the four different sections of the Award. These challenges become the goals young people aspire to reach and require persistence and determination to overcome.