To remind the British origins of the DofE Award, the ceremony was opened and closed by a bagpiper from the Rebel Pipers. Then, young people, teachers who accompanied them through the DofE Award and parents were addressed by Ondřej Lochman, Executive Director of the Foundation that manages the development of the DofE Award in the Czech Republic and that prepared the ceremony, and Jiří Zrůst, successful manager and Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
The young people were supported also by Michal Urban, Director of the Youth Section of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. He praised the importance of the DofE Award for the development of life skills and explained why the Ministry granted its auspices to the Award.
Interesting was also the speech by Tim Voase, British diplomat and former military officer, who himself took part in the Award in his country as a young man and now supports it as a patron. Tim decided to speak in Czech, explaining that he likes challenges and that thanks to the DofE Award he found out that limits exist only in the head, which is why we are able to exceed them.
There were also speeches by two experienced adventurers who became patrons of the programme in order to encourage young people to discover the world around them and their personalities through travelling in discomfort – Dan Přibáň, who crossed three continents in a Trabant, and Klára Poláčková, the first Czech woman to climb Mount Everest.
These personalities awarded the young people with the certificates and badges the young people well deserved by their long-term efforts in the programme’s four sections. They included students of the Open Gate School, the Prague British School and the English International School of Prague, participants from leisure centres DDM Sluníčko in Lomnice nad Popelkou and SVČ Všetuly – Tymy, and young men from children’s homes in Veselíčko, Hranice and Hodonín and from the young offender institution in Ždár nad Sázavou.
Another reward for all the Award holders and the teachers who supported them on their way through the programme was a boat cruise around the centre of Prague. According to the feedback from the participants, the young people enjoyed the ceremony and the cruise very much and the event reminded them that they have indeed achieved something and can achieve even more.
At the end there were awarded also the directors of two companies that support the DofE Award by providing free services – internet agency Cognito.cz, which is the author of the website www.dofe.cz, and advertising agency PixelPromo, which creates the visual materials of the Foundation, from advertising materials to photographs from the events.
Photos from the ceremony can be found here on this web or here on our Facebook page. For pictures from the following boat cruise see the gallery on this website or again on Facebook. All the pictures were taken by PixelPromo, our partner organisation.