Gold Award Ceremony at Elizabeth Palace
Her Majesty Margaret the Crown Custodian hosted on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in the Hall of Kings at Elizabeth Palace an evening dedicated to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania Foundation. The evening was given the opportunity to award certificates of recognition to young people who have completed the gold level of the Award program. The 12 young people from Brașov, Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Turda and Ploiești were awarded for their progress by going through the 4 sections of the program: volunteering, personal skills, physical activities, adventure, plus the residential project. An emotional moment attended by the Ambassador of Great Britain, His Excellency Mr. Andrew Noble, together with Mr. Shajjad Rizvi, President of the Foundation, Mr. Charlie Crocker and Mrs. Christina Verchere and over 60 representatives of public and private space, sponsors and partners, as well as family members, leaders, supervisors and Award evaluators, wonderful people without whom the Award program could not be offered to young people.
EMAS Regional Conference Cluj-Napoca
The 11th EMAS Regional Conference takes place in Cluj-Napoca in July 2019 and brought over 60 representatives from 19 countries such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Romania, along with discussions on the international strategy for the coming years, communication, ORB Next Generation, as well as on the impact and methods of involvement of disadvantaged young people. We enjoyed the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Maria of Romania, as well as Mr. Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca.
1st Prize at Civil Society Gala 2019
Happy to receive the 1st prize for Social Inclusion at the Civil Society Gala! It is an honor to build together a community of values, together with the InSide Out project, intended for young people in re-education and penitentiary centers in Romania. Big thank you to Teofil Muresan, Charlie Crocker, Adriana Ivama Brummell, Erika Hristea, Tanya Collinridge, for their support as board members, Shajjad Rizvi, President of the Foundation, to the sponsors and companies that help us raise the funds need and share our values. We thank the national team, Carmen Dragomir, Mihaela Mariș, Radu Cicerone Bosuioc and George Apostu, thousands of young people and valuable people from schools, organizations and companies that run the Award program, for their passion and involvement and for the fact that it inspires us to transform, step by step, the future leaders in Romania, regardless of social status, background, ethnicity or religion. After 60 years, the echo of Kurt Hahn’s words can still be heard: “There is more in you than you can imagine.”
World Fellowship event Salina Equines
On July 7 2019, the official reception dedicated to fundraising for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania, under the royal patronage of Her Majesty, took place at the Salina Equines Horse Trophy in Turda. At the event, together with Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and HRH Prince Radu were His Eminence Andrei, Metropolitan of Cluj, as well as the President of the Romanian Academy, Professor Ioan-Aurel Pop. The hosts of the evening were Messrs. Teofil Mureșan and Simion Mureșan, and the event brought together a large number of political, economic and civil society figures, along with a large audience and young participants in the Award programme. Massive thank you to Electrogrup, a continuous supporter of the Award in Romania and the development of strategic programs in the area of youth education.
Launch of Celebrating food around the world Book
Lat year on May 21, the book Celebrating food around the world was launched, a project realized in collaboration with the Community of the Wives of the Heads of Mission (SPOHOM) from Bucharest. The event took place at the residence of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bucharest and enjoyed the presence of Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, patron of the Award programme, as well as a large and distinguished audience of partners and guests. The project was supported by Kaufland Romania, and dedicated to raising funds for young participants in the Award programme marginalised areas.
Book of Kindness Royal Palace in Bucharest
Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, received the “Book of Kindness” from the Ambassador of Ukraine, during a ceremony that took place in the Dining Room of the Royal Palace in Bucharest. The event took place in an atmosphere of great emotion, together with the 160 young people from Ukraine and Romania, representing the Princess Margaret of Romania Foundation, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania Foundation, the Romanian Red Cross, as well as the Princess Margaret of Romania High School from Bucharest. The project brought together stories sent by young people about goodness, kindness and charity, Her Majesty confessing that their gesture is an inspiration to the whole society and expressed confidence in the power of the young generation to change the world.
Award Ceremony Bucharest
Congratulations to the 70 Bronze and Silver Holders of the Award programme, who on May 8 2019 were awarded alongside with the adults who inspired and supported them. The event was attended by Ms. Tanya Collingridge, Deputy Head of the British Embassy in Bucharest, Mr. Charles Crocker and Mr. Shajjad Rizvi, Director and President of Award Foundation Romania. Congratulations to the coordinators, leaders and supervisors of the 7 Award Centers and supporters of young people from The American International School of Bucharest, British School of Bucharest, Avenor College Bucharest, Grigore Moisil National College of Informatics Brasov, Regina Maria National College Ploiesti, School No. 2 Boldești-Scăeni , as well as the Association for the Valorization of Education – AVE from Făgăraș. We wish them amazing new experiences and encourage them to take on the challenge of the Gold level.
Covasna Youth Award Ceremony
On Friday, June 7 2019, we had the most beautiful and strong vibration, a day in which progress, perseverance and involvement were celebrated. Talented young people, artistic moments, over 150 people were with young people of the Bronze and Silver level from Turul Madar Association, awarded for their progress in the 4 sections of the program: Volunteering, Personal Skills, Physical Activities and Adventure . The event took place at Mikes Castle in Zăbala and was attended by Count Gregor Roy Chowdhury-Mikes and his wife, local partners and sponsors, the national team and Chair of the Award Foundation, alongside the team of Award Leaders, Supervisor, Assessors, and their most important supporters, parents. Massive Congratulations to all the young people and adults who were with them!
Adventurous Journey Camps
2019 came with 4 Adventurous Journey Camps organised for over 120 young people ready to go hiking in a responsible manner – 3 days in Ceahlău, Băițoara or Covasna Mountains, with training workshops such as hike planning, first aid, equipment, navigation, camping, team building and leadership. The mountain taught the young people what modesty means, how to be responsible in your actions and how to enjoy a hot cup of coffee with your tent colleague, a story around the fire, guitar songs, and encouragement when the route gets difficult. A project organised with the strong support of Award centers Transylvania College from Cluj Napoca, CET Dr. Gheorghe Iacomi from Piatra Neamț, and Turul Madar Association.
National meeting of Award Supervisors & Assessors
The last weekend of August 2019 took place the second edition of the national meeting of Supervisors and Assessors – it was like a family Sunday, when we breathed fresh mountain air and enjoyed fairytale landscapes in Ceahlău Mountains. Days full of learning, fun and good cheer, with team building activities, hiking routes, map and compass navigation, best practice discussions to support young people in outdoor activities, a meeting with two golden teams, a beautiful sunrise on Toaca Peak and a kayak ride. We were happy to have such an amazing team of Supervisors and Assessors from Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Iași, Piatra Neamț, Brașov, Roman and Târgu Mureș, people full of enthusiasm and involved in the Adventurous Journey section of the programme, with massive experience in national and international expeditions.
Excellence in Education Royal GalaThe Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania – Royal Gala took place on November 2 2017 at the Stejarii Country Club, in the presence of Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, and Prince Radu of Romania. The event celebrated “Excellence in Education”, the achievements of talented young people with over 120 partners, sponsors and adult volunteers from Award Centers that supported the Award programme in Romania, special thank you to Secpral Pro Instalatii, Electrogrup, British School of Bucharest, Why Not, British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC), UTI, Certsign, Blue Projects, Neal Brothers and Magnolia Florist. A big thank you to the main sponsor of the event, EUCOM Business Language.
Queen’s Birthday Party
On June 22, 2017 The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award team was present at the Queen’s Birthday Party, an event that celebrated the occasion of her 91-years’ birthday. This very special event was held at Arenele BNR as a garden party which gathered more than 700 participants of government officials, local and international companies. An emotional moment attended by the Ambassador of Great Britain, His Excellency Mr. Paul Brummell, together with Mrs. Brummell, representatives of the Grenadier Guards from the UK, the fair of NGOs active in Romania and top guests, representatives from the public and private environment, sponsors and partners, all on the occasion of the Queen’s Birthday Party in Bucharest.
Gold Award Ceremony Elizabeth Palace
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margaret hosted at the Elizabeth Palace the Award Gold Ceremony for young people who have completed the gold level of the Award programme. The young people, were awarded for their progress by going through the 4 sections of the program: Volunteering, Personal Skills, Physical Activities, Adventure + Residential Project. An emotional moment attended by the British Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Paul Brummell, over 60 public and private representatives, sponsors and partners, as well as young family members, leaders, supervisors and evaluators Award, wonderful people without whom the Award program could not be offered to young people.
ISB Gala – 20th Anniversary and Bronze Award Ceremony
The ISB Gala took place on December 7, 2017 celebrating the occasion of the 20th anniversary of excellence in education. During this event, the award ceremony for the first finalists of the Bronze level of the international school took place, which opened its doors and hosted the awarding of 6 other holders and their leaders from the Caddru Romania Association. A special event held in a relaxing atmosphere, with music provided by young people from the school band, birthday cake and involved and beautiful people. Photo credit: International School of Bucharest
Bronze and Silver Ceremony in Cluj
On November 3, 2016, at the Cluj-Napoca City Hall, the Award Ceremony of the holders of the Bronze and Silver levels of the Award program took place. 57 young people, together with the adults who supported them, from Janos Zsigmond Unitarian High School, Bathory Istvan Theoretical High School, Cluj Award Center, Transylvania College, Alexandru Papiu-Ilarian Theoretical High School from Dej and Prader Willy Association from Brașov were awarded by to His Excellency, the Ambassador of Great Britain to Romania, Mr. Paul Brummell. The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Mayor Dan Tarcea, representatives of the Cluj County School Inspectorate, the management of the award-winning units and supporters of the finalists
Bronze and Silver Ceremony, Brasov Patria Hall
On April 23 2016, Patria Hall in Brasov hosted the Award Ceremony for young people who have completed one of the Bronze or Silver levels of the Award program. 56 young people from Brasov, Fagaras, Bucharest, Cluj and Bacau were awarded by Vice-mayor of Brasov, Alexandrina Durbaca, for their progress through the four sections of the program: Personal Abilities, Physical Abilities, Volunteering and Adventure. The ceremony was a good opportunity for the young participants in the program to delight the audience with their talent through special artistic moments, music instrument representations, vocal, and ballet or public speaking performances. An emotional moment of the event was the awarding of certificates for the recognition of the merits of over 20 wonderful volunteers, without which the Award programme could not be possible. Their involvement in the Award sums-up more than 2800 hours of volunteering, addressed to young people and their development.
Royal visit in Cluj
During the award presentation program in Cluj, His Royal Highness Prince Nicolae of Romania visited one of the most famous high schools in Cluj – Janos Zsigmond, which became a Unit Award in 2014. The first finalists in this high school were rewarded for their development. at the awards ceremony at the Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel in Bucharest last autumn. The high school is based in a national heritage building, impressing with the elegance of the spaces currently intended for the training of young people. His Royal Highness Prince Nicolae stopped for about 30 minutes, during which time he toured the high school and met with young people from the program. Five of them prepared a special moment in which they talked about the activities they chose in the program.
Winners of the National Gala of Young Civil Society
This year took place the first edition of the Youth Civil Society Gala. The event was themed “We Inspire A New Generation”. The organizers had the pleasant surprise to see 120 submitted projects in 6 categories: Education, Arts and Culture, Humanitarian, Ecology, Sports and Social & Economic Development. The “Urban Jungle 2014” project of the Association for Community Support, Operational Unit Award, was awarded the 1st prize for Sports. The Grand Prix was awarded to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania Foundation, the leader of personal development programs for young people aged between 14-24 years old, who received the 1st prize at Civil Society Gala 2014.
Since June 2013 The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania is patronized by Her Magesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown. 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 Woman organized and hosted by the Royal House of Romania.