ABOUT US

The Award helps young people discover, develop and achieve their greatest potential through activities involving community service, developing personal skills, physical recreation and adventurous journeys that are completed locally and overseas.

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PO Box HM 1577

Hamilton, HM GX

Bermuda

+1 (441) 537-4868

+1 (441) 737-8959

info@theaward.bm 

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© 2019 by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Bermuda

HISTORY OF THE AWARD

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, the German educationalist. Both were concerned that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a 'do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living'.

The subsequent spread of the Award across the globe is testament to the universal appeal of the programme, and the vision of its founder. However, even HRH admits that this took him by surprise:

"When the first trial of the Award was launched in 1956, no one had any idea quite what would happen. In the event it was an instant success, and the Award has been growing and expanding worldwide ever since."

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has remained committed to the Award since its birth over 50 years ago. He continues to be involved, particularly in recognising the achievements of Award participants and the adults who support them. To find out more about HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, visit the official website of the British Monarchy.

1956

Founded By:

HRH Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh

Dr. Kurt Hahn

German Educationalist & Developer of International Youth Programmes

Lord John Hunt

1953 Leader of the First Team to Conquer Mt. Everest

1958

Similiar programme started for girls

1980

Age Limited for participants increased to 25 years

Revised Activity Components

  • Community Service

  • Personal Skills

  • Physical Recreation

  • Adventurous Journey

Original Programme Purpose and Design

  • To engage young people struggling with social integration after WWII

  • Available to boys only, ages 14 – 18

  • Activity Components:

    • Rescue & Public Service Training

    • Expedition

    • Pursuits & Projects

    • Fitness

1969

1973

1975

1988

1997

2012

“BRIDGE” Award pilot programme started at Whitney Institute Middle School

HISTORY OF THE AWARD IN BERMUDA

1967

Bermuda Chamber of Commerce (the “Jaycees”) introduce The Award to Bermuda with HE The Governor serving as Patron.  Participants became involved mainly through:

  • Boy Scouts

  • Rangers

  • Youth Ministry

Bermuda’s first Bronze & Silver Awards were presented to local youth participants

Bermuda’s First “homegrown” Gold Award participants received their awards at Buckingham Palace from HRH Prince Phillip

Adopted by the local school system – starting with Northlands Secondary, Saltus and Whitney Institute

Open Award Unit started at The Angle Street Youth Centre

“New Start” DofE young offenders programme launched at Ferry Reach Co-Ed Correctional Facility

PRESENT DAY AWARD INFORMATION
  • The Award currently operates in more than 144 countries & territories
     

  • Nearly 9M people internationally have participated in The Award over the past six decades
     

  • Bermuda has one of the highest DofE participation rates per capita anywhere in the world
     

  • Approximately 10K locals have participated in The Award since its introduction to Bermuda
     

  • 426 young people in Bermuda participated in/achieved their Award in 2013
     

  • The Award participant ratio in Bermuda is presently 60% female / 40% male
     

  • 3 local Award holders have been selected as Bermuda delegates to attend the International Award’s “Emerging Leaders Forum” in Seoul, South Korea in October, 2014
     

  • Bermuda is 1 of only 12 countries worldwide to currently serve on the International Award Council with HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex
     

  • Bermuda is 1 of only 2 countries in the Americas Region to receive a full operational license from the International Award Foundation