The Gold Standard

Hosted by GEMS Wellington International School, 29 young people from eight schools were recognised and presented with the top international honour, receiving their Gold Award from His Royal Highness Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and Chair of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

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 out of their comfort zones. Operating in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, the Award inspires over 1.3 million young people every year.

The ceremony was part of a British Royal visit to coincide with the Global Education and Skills Forum, hosted by the Varkey Foundation, of which the Award was a proud partner for the first time.

The Earl of Wessex said: “Today’s young people are growing up in a dynamic, fast-paced world and the development of skills like resilience, confidence and adaptability is important. Non-formal education – such as that offered by organisations that run The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – is a tried and tested way of enabling young people to challenge themselves, step outside their comfort zones and become positive agents of change, both for themselves and their wider communities. It allows them to develop the skills they need to step confidently into the world of today and tomorrow. It is a great honour to meet such inspiring young people, hear about their Award journeys and celebrate their achievements at the Award in UAE’s first ever Gold Award Ceremony.”