The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II. That is why the programme is named The Duke of Edinburg's Award, in short DofE. The creation of the programme was realized in collaboration with Kurt Hahn, the German educationalist, who was promoting experiential learning, and also with Lord Hunt, who led, among other things, the first successful expedition to the peak of the Mount Everest. DofE has been running in the Czech Republic since 1995.


The programme was created in the UK as a means to support the self-development of young boys. The programme was, and still is, meant for everyone, regardless of their hobbies, physical abilities, skills or interests. In 1958 it already opened its doors to girls and began to spread around the world. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards Association was established in 1988 to support the programme's operations in countries outside the UK.
Young people can discover their place in this world thanks to DofE programme.

DofE programme was brought to the Czech Republic by the First Republic Golf Champion, Lady Luisa Abrahams. In 1995, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the programme was launched under the name EDIE at 30 institutions, mostly secondary schools. The National Office of the programme was established a year later. In 2013, the name of the programme changed to the  Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and a new National Office was established in Prague. As one of the first countries to adopt a new visual identity for the programme, Prince Edward, the youngest son of Prince Philip, came and offered his support. Prince Edward is also the chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation.

The DofE programme is also supported by famous Czech figures, such as adventurer Jakub Vágner, mountain climber Klara Kolouchová, fashion designer Tatiana Kovaříková and many others.

Thousands of young people have completed the programme, with the number of graduates increasing each year. That is why the DofE National Office was renamed to the DofE National Centre in 2019. In 2019, 5,000 people were participating in the programme and there were 750 successful graduates who received the certificate and a badge of their completed level (Gold, Silver and Bronze Award).

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a worldwide programme that operates in more than 130 countries. As a result, the Czech National DofE Centre participates in international events and leadership exchanges. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Czech Republic, is licensed to provide the DofE Programme. The license is granted by The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, with its headquarters in London, which ensures the quality and expansion of the programme throughout the world. For more information you can visit the website www.intaward.org.

Founders of the DofE programme

Prince Philip

Princ Philip

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Elizabeth II.
  • in 1956 he founded DofE together with Kurt Hahn and Lord Hunt
  • Prince Philip: "When the programme was tentatively launched in 1956, no one knew what it would become in the future. However, it succeeded very quickly, and since then the DofE programme has continued to expand around the world. ”
  • he continues to be actively involved in the programme
  • more about the history of DofE on its world website
Kurt Hahn

Kurt Hahn

Educator and politician
  • German educator and politician
  • he emigrated to Great Britain due to his Jewish nationality
  • promoter of experiential pedagogy
  • founder of many educational institutions
  • author of the content of the whole DofE programme
  • more information on Wikipedia
lord John Hunt

lord John Hunt

The first Director of DofE


  • British Army officer, climber and instructor of special forces
  • leader of the first successful expedition to Mount Everest (1953)
  • Queen Elizabeth awarded him the title of Baron for his services to young people
  • more information on Wikipedia