President of the Republic of Bulgaria visits Award participants in the UK

Published: 18 Mar 2014

President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosan Plevneliev, meets Award participants at a school in London

President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, today visited young people taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at a school in London. 

Pupils at The Grey Coat Hospital School in Westminster welcomed their special guest, who is also Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Bulgaria, and shared with him their experiences of participating in the Award in the UK. In return, the pupils got to learn more about young people in Bulgaria and the President's role as Patron of the Award there. 

Connecting young people

The President also presented some Award participants with their Bronze certificates, as well as meeting school staff and volunteers involved in delivering and supporting the Award.

Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, John May, was also in attendance at the event and said it was a privilege to welcome The President to the UK and to meet young Award participants here in London:

“The Foundation works to grow the Award worldwide and to increase the diversity of its participants, particularly reaching out to those who will benefit most from participation. By connecting and empowering people through the Award internationally, we seek to reach more young people and provide them with the opportunity to participate in the Award. Our tried and tested framework of non-formal education transforms the lives of individuals and their communities worldwide. The patronage of the President of Bulgaria is helping us to achieve our ambition of reaching as many young people throughout the world as we can."

Non-formal education

The Award is a non-formal education programme that is about personal development. Participating in the Award enables young people to learn practical and social skills that are valuable to their personal and professional development. 

Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Minister for Children and Young People says that, as well as providing positive opportunities for young people, it benefits their communities. 

“I am delighted that the Bulgarian President is visiting one of our most prestigious schools. These young people have been given a fantastic opportunity to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to learn vital skills which will help with their personal and career goals. It also further benefits our community with young people giving hours of their time to volunteer.”

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