The Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DofE) is an international award for young people aged 14 to 24 which empowers and motivates people towards self-development. Participants set their personal goals in five areas – talent, sport, volunteering, expedition and a residential project, and together with their adult mentor they aim to fulfill those goals. Millions of students have joined worldwide and there is 1500 young people participating in Czech Republic. The foundation was established by Prince Phillipe in 1956 and this year it celebrated a 60th anniversary. The foundation has been active for over 20 years now in Czech Republic.
The awarded students came from around 20 different educational institutions from around Czech Republic, including three children’s homes. They all worked on their goals in the different areas. Some of them improved in playing saxophone, drawing or dog dancing, while other ones practiced sports like parkour or basketball. Volunteering area included activities like assisting disabled community members, leading afterschool clubs for children or helping in retirement homes. The adventurous expedition in nature that happened both domestically and abroad (for example in Armenia) presented a big challenge to the vast majority of participants. “What I like the most is that the programme offers entirely new possibilities and allows one to meet many inspirational people”, says Eliška Štencová from Youth Centre Mladá Boleslav. “For me, the programme was an instrument for developing my talent and taking further the activities I normally do. My expectations were truly met,” adds Ivo Jůzko from Children’s Home Veselíčko.
The awards were handed to participants by the high-profile patrons of Czech DofE. Among them, there was the fashion designer Klára Nademlýnská, the illustrator Zuzana Bahulová, the traveller Dan Přibáň and the Czech Chairman of the DofE Supervisory Board Ivan Chadima. “I am a large fan of all the participants and their activities, since I believe it is important to support young people in their development and in the activities they enjoy. I also think it is crucial to try more activities to discover what each likes and finds fulfilling. DofE meets these goals very well,” explains Klára Nademlýnská. “I would tell all participants not to fear challenges and to push their limits further,” adds Zuzana Bahulová.
The Award is connected with prestige, as the certificate is internationally valid and positively recognized in many countries of the world, as the programme is officially supported by the British Royal Family. The award holders are thus in an better position in the job market or they have an advantage when applying for domestic and foreign universities.
The educational institutions of the awarded participants:
- Youth Centre Hradec Králové
- Youth Centre Lomnice nad Popelkou
- High School of Teleinformatics in Ostrava
- Grammar School Klatovy
- F. X. Šalda Grammar School in Liberec
- Christian Centre Plzeň
- Labyrint Kladno
- Ano Ano
- Youth Centre Déčko Náchod
- Youth Centre Mladá Boleslav
- Children’s Home Chrudim
- Children’s Home Veselíčko
- Šrámková Primary School Opava
- Children’s Home Těrlicko
- Youth Centre Přerov
- Nadační fond pomozme dětem
- Grammar School Holice