More than 200 successfully DofE participants received their awards

More than 200 successfully DofE participants received their awards


16. February 2016

Last week, over 200 young people received the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award. The Award ceremonies (on 25 January and 3 February) were attended by participants from all parts of the Czech Republic, from all types of educational institutions, such as international schools, grammar schools, vocational schools, youth centres and children’s homes. There were also personalities supporting the Award in the Czech Republic, directors of the institutions involved in providing the Award, leaders and teachers, education specialists and parents of the participants.

The new Award holders come from nearly 25 educational organisations in the Czech Republic. The activities they pursued were varied and had to be done simultaneously. Some improved themselves in poetry, puppeteering or yoga, or in various sports, such as fishing, rugby, boxing or horse riding. In the Service section, participants helped in kindergartens, nursing homes, led various interest groups, cared for children in the Klokánek network or taught ill children in institutions. For most participants, the Adventurous Journey was a great challenge. Their journeys led to the mountains, in canoes down a river or on a sailing boat. “I thought I would like to try something new and that I needed a change. Something that would not turn my life upside-down, but, with the appropriate investment of my time, would disrupt the stereotype in my life. To cut a long story short – just what the Award is,” says Václav Mašek, an Award holder from VOŠ and SPŠE Plzeň.

The Bronze and Silver Awards were presented by personalities and patrons of the Award – documentary film maker Petr Mikšíček, British Deputy Head of Mission Tim Voase, owner of Okin Group and Member of the Award’s Executive Board Michal Jelínek, or by Helena Abrahams Felix, daughter of a pre-WW2 golf and tennis champion who, like her mother, has been actively supporting the Award in the Czech Republic

“The Award is an excellent all-round educational program developing both the mind and the body. It leads young people to self-reliance, perseverance, diligence and determination, but also to new experiences in real life which shape their values and will be invaluable to them in their personal and professional lives,” explains Mgr. Tomáš Vokáč, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Award in the Czech Republic.

All the photos from these events can be found on the following links: 25th January, 3rd February.

The Award is now active in over 140 countries of the world. Thanks to the support of the British Royal Family, it is extremely valued around the world, including prestigious foreign universities and many global employers, who see it as a sign of quality of the applicant. We are proud that Gold Award holders have twice been awarded by a member of the British Royal Family. Last year, the Gold Awards were presented by Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, the wife of Prince Edward, whose father founded the Award in 1956.

The international community of the Award includes over a million young people. In the Czech Republic, the Award is provided by 93 educational institutions (Local Units) and 400 volunteer mentors to over 1,300 students.

Educational institutions of the latest Award holders:

• The Prague British School

• The English College in Prague

• The International School of Prague

• Riverside School Prague

• The English International School Prague

• Gymnázium Příbram

• Gymnázium Zlín – Lesní čtvrť

• Open Gate

• 1st International School of Ostrava

• Dětský domov Hodonín

• Střední škola EducaNET Praha

• SUPŠ sklářská Kamenický Šenov

• Střední lesnická škola a SOŠ Šluknov

• DDM Rokytnice nad Jizerou

• SVČ Tymy Holešov

• Gymnázium Rumburk

• VOŠ a SPŠE Plzeň

• SOŠ Šumperk

• Středisko volného času Trutnov

• Akademie Světlá nad Sázavou

• Občanské sdružení Ano, Ano

• SVČ Trutnov

• DDM Sova Cheb

• DDM Sluníčko Lomnice nad Popelkou  

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