The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award or in Turkish ‘Edinburgh Dükü Uluslararası Gençlik Ödülü’ is the world’s leading youth achievement award that every young people between the ages of 14-24 can take part in. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation was founded in 1956; its aim is to equip young people for life and to allow them to create positive change in their communities through gaining valuable life-changing skills.
The main goal of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is to provide the right conditions in order to ensure that every young person between the ages of 14-24 around the world has the opportunity to take part in the programme. The Licence Agreement that was signed between The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and TIKAV in 2013 has allowed the programme to be represented and delivered by TIKAV under the name The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Türkiye. TIKAV (www.tikav.org.tr), is the only authorized organisation that can promote, deliver, audit and certify The Award across Turkey; The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Office is within TIKAV headquarters.
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Our mission: to provide the right conditions for delivering The Award, to promote The Award and to preserve the quality of The Award nationwide.
Our vision: to increase the individual and societal value of young people that are living in our country through providing access for them to participate and complete The Award.
Award Participants create their own programme depending on areas that they would like to develop themselves. It is proven that the Award supports all young people with their development, because the Award is:
Individual: Individuals design their own programme, which can be tailored to suit their personal circumstances, choices and local provision. They start at whichever level suits them best and they can take as long as they wish (within the age limit) to achieve their Award.
Non-competitive: Doing their Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Every participant’s programme is tailor-made to reflect their individual starting point, abilities and interests.
Achievable: An Award is achievable by any individual who chooses to take up the challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location, with the right guidance and inspiration.
Voluntary: Whilst the Award may be offered within school, college, work time, custody or extra-curricular activity, individuals choose to do a programme and must commit some of their free time to undertake their activities.
Development: Participating in their Award programme fosters personal and social development. Individuals gain valuable experiences and life skills, grow in confidence and become more aware of their environment and community transforming them in to responsible young adults.
Balanced: The Award provides a balanced framework to develop the individual’s mind, body and community spirit by engaging them in range of activities in up to five different challenges.
Progressive: At each level of engagement, the Award demands progressively more time, commitment and responsibility from the participant.
Inspiration: The Award inspires individuals to exceed their expectations. They are encouraged to set their own challenges and goals before starting an activity, aim for these goals and by showing improvement will achieve an Award.
Persistence: The Award requires persistence and cannot be completed with a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants are encouraged to continue with activities and to maintain their interest beyond their programme requirements.
Enjoyable: Participants and Leaders should find the Award enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.
The Bronze Category is for young people older than 14 years old. In the Bronze category, Award Participant’s complete the Physical Recreation, Skills, Voluntary Service and Adventurous Journey sections of the Award. In the first 3 sections, they take part in 3 different activities based on the goals they want to achieve. In this category the participants have to take part in one activity for a minimum of 6 months. In this category the Adventurous Journey lasts 2 days and 1 night. The Bronze Category is completed in 6 months.
The Silver Category is for young people older than 15 years old. In the Silver category, Award Participant’s complete the Physical Recreation, Skills, Voluntary Service and Adventurous Journey sections of the Award. In this category the Adventurous Journey lasts 3 days and 2 nights. If the Participant is a Bronze Award Holder, the other sections must be carried out for at least 6 months. If the Participant has directly started with Silver, then one of the activities must be carried out for 12 months in total. In conclusion, for Bronze Award Holders this category is completed in 6 months, for new entrants it is completed in 12 months.
The Gold Category is for young people older than 16 years old. In the Gold category, Award Participant’s not only complete the Physical Recreation, Skills, Voluntary Service and Adventurous Journey sections of the Award, but they also take part in a Residential Project. The activities for the first three sections last 12 months; if the participant is starting the Gold Award from scratch then they must carry out one more activities out of the first three sections for another 6 months. In this category the Adventurous Journey lasts 4 days and 3 nights. Unique to this category, The Residential project must last at least 5 days and 4 nights. In this situation Silver Award Holders complete the Gold Category in 12 months, new entrants complete it in at least 18 months.