HRH The Countess of Wessex, GCVO will soon award successful young people

HRH The Countess of Wessex, GCVO will soon award successful young people


13. May 2015

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, will visit Prague to give Awards to the successful participants of The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award (DofE). From Tuesday, 19 May, HRH will have a rich two-day programme prepared for her by the DofE and the British Embassy in Prague. The Countess will meet students and representatives of Czech schools and Patrons of the Award, Minister of Education Marcel Chládek and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek. The Countess will participate in a discussion with successful women of Czech business and present Gold Awards to participants.

On the first day, Her Royal Highness will visit the Duhovka Gymnasium in Prague, where she will meet students and representatives of several organizations taking part in the DofE Award, and will also meet well known Czech fisherman and traveller Jakub Vágner. Mr Vágner has been a Patron of the DofE Award for two years.

The Countess will start the second day of her visit by meeting successful women from Czech businesses. They will talk about how to best prepare young women for their careers and about the role which informal education plays in this process. During the meeting, Biljana Weber, CEO of Microsoft CR, and Jaroslava Jermanová, Vice-Chair of the Chamber of Deputies of Parliament of the Czech Republic and of the ANO movement, and others will talk about their carriers and achievements.

“Programmes focusing on active development of skills significantly help young people to achieve success and satisfaction in both work and private life. Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, Global Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award, helps to promote the benefits of informal education. That is why I am excited that many personalities from the fields of education and business will have an opportunity to meet her,” says Ondřej Lochman, Executive Director of the DofE Award in the Czech Republic. The Countess will discuss the role of informal education also with Marcel Chládek, Minister of Education of the Czech Republic.

The programme of Her Royal Highness will also include a meeting with two top Czech fashion designers, Klára Nademlýnská and Taťána Kovaříková. Klára Nademlýnská will present the work of her students to The Countess and Taťána Kovaříková will introduce her current collection.

The Countess will conclude her visit of the Czech Republic by a ceremony during which she will present up to 40 successful DofE participants with their Gold Award.

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