Young people log on to gain The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
Published: 18 Jun 2014
Global system for recognising non-formal education goes live.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, an international provider of non-formal education, has launched its new global digital platform. The Online Record Book, which replaces paper records, makes it possible for every young person doing the Award to record their progress online.
Currently being used by young people in countries including Australia, Canada, France, Kenya, India, Romania, Russia and the USA, the first Gold Award to be verified through the Online Record Book was signed off by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in March to Amanda Lawson from New Zealand.
Pushed to the limits
Now a Gold Award holder, thanks to The Duke signing off her Award, Amanda says taking part helped her to overcome many challenges. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, Amanda was determined not to let her condition define her capabilities. “Participating in the Award has taken me out of my comfort zone. My boundaries were certainly pushed to their limits during a number of my challenges but I was determined to complete my Gold Award. Giving up was not an option.”
His Royal Highness made the Award as part of a joint visit with HM The Queen to the offices of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
Volunteers and professionals managing the Award now have access to real-time information about participants, meaning that they can support young people better and monitor the quality of their experience more effectively.
Secretary General of the Award, John May, explains: “The development of the Online Record Book is just part of the drive to ensure all young people around the world have the opportunity to benefit from a good non-formal education through the Award. Getting young people recording their Award online is a vital way to ensure that they all get a quality experience.
“All young people need opportunities to develop themselves outside formal education, and they need this experience to be recognised and validated by quality providers. The Online Record Book is part of how The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award will provide this quality experience to more young people.”
The system, which has been written by uniDap Solutions Pty Ltd, has been in development since last year, but the full functionality has gone live this month.