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Local Award programme fully licensed

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Barbados Receives six year Licence

(5 Nov 2015) During the 12th Forum of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Toronto last week, Barbados received its full operational licence. The licence is valid for a six year period and was granted after an extensive review of the procedures here in Barbados. In the last three years the Award has changed its operations to have each country or area where the programme is offered formally licensed. In addition, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago were the other countries from the Caribbean that received full or accredited licences.

The Forum is a triennial event and is used as a review and planning platform for the Award globally. Over the course of the four days long event there were many lengthy discussions and interactive workshops that focused on ensuring that the Award is made available to all of the world’s youth and increasing the use of digital tools. Chairman of the Award in Barbados, Mr. Stephen Smith accepted the official certificate. He also served on the special projects committee of the International Council for the Award; this committee reviews and selects the projects which will be given funding support. Meanwhile the Operations Manager, Carla Alleyne attended and led the review workshop for the Award’s self-assessment tool. As the Forum served to bring together Award stakeholders from across the world there was a lot of idea sharing and discussions on exchanges both for the young participants and technical staff. For the more than one hundred delegates in attendance there were also a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame and dinner at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Next year marks sixty years since the start of the Award in the United Kingdom and fifty-three years here in Barbados. Presently the Award is available in a number of secondary schools, the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Barbados Cadet Corps and some community organisations. Persons interested in being a part of the Award are encouraged to visit the website


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