Young people were congratulated on their achievements at the annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) presentation, having successfully participated in a wide variety of activities which build on skills, experience, confidence and resilience.
Silver and bronze awards were presented to more than 130 young people, by the Chief Executive for the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, Ronald Barr at the annual awards evening held at the Gaiety Theatre on 17 September 2019.
Ronald Barr said:
‘Founded by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, which has been delivered by the Isle of Man Government for many years. Through the progressive levels from bronze to silver to gold, young people develop resilience, confidence and experience as well as social and communication skills, equipping them for life and work. Congratulations to all young participants, and thank you to the adults that support them in every step of their DofE journey.’
Long Service certificates were presented to adult volunteers. Frank Cowin, who set up one of the first local units, was recognised for his 60 years’ dedication and service to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on the Island.
Alison Barnes, Department of Education, Sport and Culture’s Award Coordinator, said:
‘This is one of my favourite events of the DofE year, as it represents the end of the journey through a particular award and a celebration of the personal achievements of each individual who comes forward to receive their award.’
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture, through the Youth Service, is the operating authority for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which is delivered by secondary schools and voluntary youth organisations. Some participants choose to work towards their awards independent of one of the 12 units and are welcomed by groups to complete sections such as volunteering and expedition.
To gain a bronze award, young people aged 14 and over complete at least three months on each of three sections – volunteering, physical and skills – opting for six months on one of them. They also plan, train for and complete a two-day expedition.
The silver award, open to those aged 15 and over, involves a minimum of six months volunteering and six months on either physical or skills, with three months on the other. They tackle a three-day expedition.
Young people who go on to attain the gold award are presented with this at Government House in an event held each year.