Young people from across China heralded for outstanding achievement

Published: 6 Jun 2018

HRH meets school students
  • Inspirational young people from Beijing and Shanghai were presented with a top international award by His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
  • British Royal visit included a high-level meetings with Chinese Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan discussed the importance of non-formal education and the future of the Award in China

24 young people from six schools and organisations across China were recognised and presented with top international honours in June, receiving their Gold Award from The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

The Awards were presented at ceremonies in Beijing and Shanghai on 5th – 8th June, by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex; Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. The ceremony was part of a British Royal visit which took place and included visits to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, volunteer within their community and break outside their comfort zone to experience adventure. It operates in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, helping to inspire over 1.3 million young people every year. In China and Hong Kong almost 60,000 young people are currently participating in the Award, with June's presentations congratulating some of these participants.

HRH The Earl of Wessex said: “It is a great honour to meet such inspiring young people, hear about their Award journeys and celebrate their achievements. Achieving a Gold Award is not an easy task – it requires commitment, tests resilience and challenges young people to step outside their comfort zone. It also opens up many opportunities for young people and their communities.”

In China, the Award has been operating since 1985. This year over 6,000 young people between the ages of 14 – 24 have taken part in the Award across 14 provinces. The Award has also been operating in Hong Kong for 57 years as The Hong Kong Award for Young People and in 2016 over 50,000 young people took part.

HRH official meeting

Emma Brown, Director of Communications, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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Notes for Editors

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education framework which challenges young people to discover their potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world.
  • There are currently 1.3 million young people completing their own unique programme, via hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.
  • Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefitting from its impact in communities around the world.

The International Award in China:

  • In 1985 The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award Foundation (The Foundation) started to pilot the Award in China with the support from a local partner.
  • The Award has operated successfully in Hong Kong (known as The Hong Kong Award for Young People) for over 57 years, and has been available to young people in China since 2008.
  • In 2008 the Paralympic Games, the Foundation hosted a reception with HRH The Earl of Wessex in Beijing to raise profile the Award in China.
  • Today, the Award in China is being delivered to predominately English speaking international schools in 14 provinces provincial municipalities out of a possible 27 provincial-level administrative units. The majority of organisations delivering the Award are located in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong.
    • There are almost 70 active licensed organisations delivering the Award in China over 6,000 participants in 2018 alone.
    • The Foundation is embarking on an ambitious project to scale the Award in China to reach as many young people as possible.

The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1072453). The Foundation’s headquarters are in London and it has regional offices in the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific and EMAS (Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States). Further background information is available within the Foundation’s media pack available via