The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a committed personal challenge which sees young people embark on a well-rounded journey to discover their potential. Started in Great Britain in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in conjunction with German educationalist Kurt Hahn, the Award recognises teens and young adults who complete in a series of self-improvement exercises over one to four years.
The program has since expanded to more than 140 countries, with over eight million young people already recognised for their participation. The Award is open to those aged 14–25 years who must complete tasks in four mandatory sections: Physical Recreation; Skill; Service (Volunteering); and Adventurous Journey. Entrants are able to work over three levels – bronze for those aged 14 and over, silver (15 and over) and gold (16 and over) with the latter also participating in a residential volunteer program away from home.
This non-competitive program of voluntary activities encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility and service to the community.
How to get involved
At Matthew Flinders Anglican College we give the students both physical and moral support as they navigate their Award journey. For more information visit the Duke of Edinburgh website.