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A Global Framework for Non-Formal Education...


Participants design their own programme, tailored to suit their personal circumstances, choices and local provision. They start at whichever level suits them and they can take as long as they wish (within the age limit) to achieve their Award.

Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition between participants.

An Award is achievable by any individual who chooses to take up the challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location, with the right guidance and inspiration.

Whilst the Award may be offered within school, college, work or custody, individuals choose to do a programme and must commit some of their free time to participate.

Participating in the Award fosters personal and social development. Individuals gain valuable experiences and life skills, grow in confidence and become more aware of their environment and community transforming them into responsible young adults.

The Award provides a balanced framework to develop the individual's mind, body and community spirit by engaging them in a range of activities in up to five different challenges.


At each level, the Award demands progressively more time, commitment and responsibility from the participant.


The Award inspires individuals to exceed their expectations. They are encouraged to set their own challenges and goals, aim for these goals and by showing improvement will achieve an Award.


The Award requires persistence and cannot be completed with a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants are encouraged to continue with activities and to maintain their interest beyond the programme.


Participants and Leaders should find the Award enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.

Our Impact Measures

Improved educational attainment

Improved employability and sustainable livelihoods

Improved health and well-being

Increased participation in civic life

Social inclusion

The environment

Gender equality

Reduction and prevention of violence, conflict

Reduced reoffending rates

Our Outcome Measures


Managing feelings

Resilience and determination

Relationships and leaderships

Creativity and adaptability

Planning and problem solving

Civic competence​

Intercultural competence

Personal and social well-being



As a non-formal education framework, the Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.

The Award is transforming individuals, communities and societies around the world.  We have developed nine Impact Measures to quantify and explain the relationship between short term personal outcomes in young people and the longer term social impact of the Award.


It is likely to take many years for the results of the impact measures to become evident, therefore we have also established a set of ten Outcome Measures that can be observed in the short-term.

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