Slovakia rolls out Award across the country

Published: 4 Apr 2016

The national office in Slovakia celebrates its new licence

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation welcomes Slovakia as its latest National Award Operator. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Slovakia hopes to involve over 1,000 young people in the Award over the coming year.

Marián Zachar, National Director, explains what the new licence means for young people in Slovakia:

“We believe that every young person has the potential to succeed and we hope to offer all 14-24 year olds in Slovakia the opportunity to find their inner flame and exceed expectations through participating in the Award. We hope to inspire and motivate our young people to be committed citizens of the world, by actively supporting their local communities.”

The Award in Slovakia will be delivered nationally through partnerships with schools, leisure centres and other non-profit organisations, such as the Scouts.

The country becomes the 18th National Award Operator in the Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States (EMAS) region. In 2014, over 340,000 young people participated in the Award across the EMAS region. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award reaches young people in 141 countries and territories worldwide.

Melek De-Wint, EMAS Regional Director said:

“I am delighted to welcome Slovakia on board. They share our vision for the Award to reach all young people, and equip them as individuals to succeed in life. We look forward to supporting Slovakia as they work to achieve this vision.”