Who are we?
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the world's leading youth acheivement award.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (the Award) is a programme that equips young people for life and work. In 2013 more than 1 million young people around the world took part in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories.
The Award has been in Barbados for more than 50 years. It was started by Deighton Maynard in 1963 and has been challenging and inspiring Barbadian youth ever since.
Today the Award programme is offered at many of the island's secondary schools and is used by youth organisations like the Barbados Cadet Corps.
Doing the Award
Are you between the ages of 13-24?
Looking for a challenge? Do you like adventure?
Then the Award is for you.
Ready for the World
Sixty percent of youth believe that it is harder for them than for older generations. The Award survey youth aged 16-25 and found that they want more than what is taught at school.
Experiences and learning outside the classroom are teaching the soft skills that young people need to be equipped for adulthood. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award's research shows that engaging in voluntary service, taking part in physical recreation, discovering personal interests and talents, and learning about leadership through adventurous activity, young people become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged learners.*
*Taken from the #WORLDREADY Discussion paper