About Us

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation oversees the Award Programme in over 130 countries and territories globally, with 18 countries in Africa. The Programme currently has over 1 million active participants globally with about three hundred thousand of the total participants based on the African Continent.
The Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development programme, empowering youth aged 14-24 to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive programme and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.

Our Vision

To reach more young people from diverse backgrounds and equip them as individuals to succeed in life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower young people between the ages of 14 to 24, through a balanced non-competitive framework for self development, enabling them to become responsible, active citizens within their communities.

Our Ambition

Every eligible young person in South Africa will have the opportunity to participate in the Award.

The Award Staff Members

The History of the Award

Board of Trustees

Chairman's Message

World-class organizations are defined by certain core characteristics: expertise, innovation and passion for serving. I am humbled by and honoured to work alongside a group of dedicated Trustees, an exceptional and innovative leadership and operations team and a passionate volunteer network of teachers, parents and community leaders who have joined forces with us to serve our young people in South Africa.
  • Trustees are responsible for leadership and good governance of The President’s Award.
  • Trustees are also responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements in accordance with a generally accepted accounting framework
The Trustees meet once a quarter and consider financial and narrative reports presented to them by the CEO. An Annual General Meeting is held each year.