About the Award

About the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global framework for non-formal education, which challenges young people aged 14-24 to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world.

Since its launch in 1956 it has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Participants design their own Award programme, set their own goals and record their own progress. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom.

The Award allows young people’s achievements to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving them unique international accreditation of their experiences. The Award helps to inspire, change and improve individuals, communities and societies around the world. Young people who take part in the Award become more confident and resilient, and develop skills in areas such as communication, problem solving and leadership. This in turn impacts on their communities, who see improvements in areas including employability, health and well-being, and educational attainment.

In Romania, the program 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.

Since then, the Award has seen a rapid expansion, with thousands of successful participants of the programme, empowered with not just the confidence but the desire to create meaningful change, finding their purpose, passion and place in the world.