International Gold Event 2017: Experience. Influence. Lead

Published: 7 Nov 2017

IGE 2017

The 15th International Gold Event (IGE), celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, took place in Prague 25-30 October 2017, with the theme ‘Engaging a younger generation in our sustainable future'. 

Hosted by the Award, Czech Republic with the support of the Award, Slovakia, the IGE welcomed close to 90 delegates from across the world to participate in a global leadership programme that will help shape and deliver the Award worldwide.

Skills Development Training

As well as Skills Development workshops, the delegates were split into teams to spend two days on field visits, to communities and workplaces from the public and private sectors including start-up businesses and NGOs.

A delegate builds a bike as part of a field visit

During these field visits, participants met leaders in their environment to discuss the challenges they face, and the strategies and solutions used in meeting these challenges. Delegates were invited to investigate, question, research and develop solutions to the problems faced, gaining insight into how the host culture operates and how the skills and experiences learnt through participating in the Award can be used to solve real problems and challenges in the workplace.

The below film gives a wonderful snapshot of the field visits:

On her experience at the IGE, delegate Pallavi Gill from India, said:

"From gulping down breakfast at 6:30 am, to rushing to hop on and off the local transportation in the city, to late night discussions on project presentation and report, IGE has taught me so many valuable virtues such as teamwork, leadership, time management and most importantly, to have fun and challenge myself."

Delegates on sports activity during IGE

At the end of the field visits, each group was asked to present its findings at the Emerging Leaders’ Forum to a panel of judges including the Foundation’s Secretary General John May, Chair of the Foundation’s International Council The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL, UK and Chair of the Award Czech Republic Jiří Zůst.

Marie Čejnová from Czech Republic said:

Sometimes it isn't easy to find people with similar points of view of our world but during the IGE I felt I had known the other delegates for much longer time than just one week. And the reason was the Award. All of us are really motivated and we did our best to find solutions to the challenges we were faced with in Czech Republic, as part of the field visits. I learnt a lot about the Award in other countries all around the world and I left IGE with so much energy for my future work for the Award in Czech Republic. Thank you to all the friends I made in Prague.

A team present their project at the Emerging Leaders' Forum

Also in attendance to hear the presentations was Chair of Trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation HRH The Earl of Wessex.

HRH The Earl of Wessex with IGE 2017 delegates

Eight Emerging Leader Representatives from the EMAS, APR, Americas and Africa regions were elected to stand on the International Council (IC) during the event. They will contribute to the growth of the Award for the next three years.  

Emerging Leader Representatives 2017-2020

The next IGE will take place in 2020. The host country will be decided at the Forum in Ghana in 2018. You can read more about the IGE here.