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.
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
Original Programme Purpose and Design
To engage young people struggling with social integration after WWII
Available to boys only, ages 14 – 18
Rescue & Public Service Training
Pursuits & Projects
Similiar programme started for girls
Age Limited for participants increased to 25 years
Revised Activity Components
HISTORY OF THE AWARD IN BERMUDA
Bermuda Chamber of Commerce (the “Jaycees”) introduce The Award to Bermuda with HE The Governor serving as Patron. Participants became involved mainly through:
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
“BRIDGE” Award pilot programme started at Whitney Institute Middle School. As of 2016 the BRIDGE Award is available at all five public middle schools.
PRESENT DAY AWARD INFORMATION
The Award currently operates in more than 130 countries & territories
Nearly 13M people internationally have participated in The Award over the past six decades
More than 125 million hours of voluntary service internationally by Award Holders as of 2019
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
329 young people in Bermuda achieved their Award in 2018 and 2019
The Award participant ratio in Bermuda is presently 60% female / 40% male
25 Gold Awards were received in 2020 - 19 are Tri-Holders, 5 are Dual Holders and 1 Direct Entrant. Of those 25, 5 are currently Award Leaders and Assessors in Training (all under the age of 23).
The Award now offers online training for participants at all levels.
Annually the Award hosts a Joint Training event for participants and Award Leaders across the island from public, private and open Award Centers.