For more than 35 years, The President’s Award has been making sure that young people develop a lifestyle that gives them the valuable life skills required to pursue their ambitions . We aim to make this opportunity available to every single young person in Uganda.

About The Award

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About the Award

Brief Description on the Award Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Uganda for youth empowerment is an exciting challenge to young people between the age of 14 and 25. it is a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary attainment, leisure time activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility and service to the community there are three attainment levels: bronze, silver and gold with each successive level demanding increased commitment and determination. For attaining their awards, participants receive a badge and certificate to mark their achievement.

The award programme is operational in schools and youth organization, residential child and youth centers and correctional centers throughout Uganda.

About The Award

Aims

The programme has four sections designed to provide a balanced programme of personal development:

Services

To encourage the giving of useful service to others.



Skills

To encourage the development of personal interest, creativity or practical.


Physical Recreation

To encourage participation and improvement of performance in sports.

Adventurous Journey

To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery while undertaking a journey in a group.

DOFE-Uganda offers the following

SERVICES

  • Orientation sessions and support to volunteer adults mentors {award leaders} on how to implement the award programme.
  • Publicity material and presentation to youth
  • Administrative resource for monitoring the award programme.
  • Award ceremonies and special events
  • Services opportunities
  • Networking amongst participating agencies {award leaders}
  • Exchange opportunities
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27 Years of experience
What Is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Uganda All About?

About DOFE-Uganda

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Uganda is an exciting personal challenge to young people between the age of 14 and 25. It is a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary, leisure time activities which encourages:

  • Personal discovery and growth
  • Self-reliance
  • Perseverance
  • Responsibility
  • Service to the community
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Self-Reliance
Perseverance
Responsibility
PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

Award Levels

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BRONZE LEVEL

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Older than 14 years old
  • Younger than 25 years old
  • Minimum completion period of 6 months
  • Participants must complete the requirements in each of the sections simultaneously
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    SILVER LEVEL

    LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Older than 15 years old
  • Younger than 25 years old
  • Minimum completion period of 6 months
  • Participants must complete the requirements in each of the sections simultaneously
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    GOLD LEVEL

    LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Older than 16 years old
  • Younger than 25 years old
  • Minimum completion period of 6 months
  • Participants must complete the requirements in each of the sections simultaneously
  • Why Has the Award Been So Successful?

    The award has been successful for a number of reasons most notably because it is:

    • Available to all. Any young person can take part regardless of gender, culture, religion, political affiliation or mental or physical ability.
    • Competitive. Individual improvement and achievement are the main criteria for gaining an award. Above all, it is a personal challenge and not a competition against others.
    • Voluntary. The award is run by volunteers for young people who want to participate.
    • Flexible. The Award’s international success is due to its adaptability to different countries, environment and cultures. Each young person chooses which activities to purse under each of the four sections. His or Her Award programme is therefore unique reflecting the individual’s particular talents and interests.
    • A programme of activities. The Award is a programme of activities. It is not a club and there is no uniform.
    • A balanced programme. The four sections provide a balanced programme of activities which develop a range of existing
    • talents and interest. They also encourage young people to acquire new skills and experiences.
    • Enjoyable. The award is fun-not just young people but for everyone involved in it

    HOW TO GET INVOLVED

    Get more adults involved:

    • Agree on one award unit leader in the local organization unit (schools, scouts’ troops, club, workplace, youth center etc.) who is the key point of contact and he overall responsibility for the award in the unit.
    • Each award leader should have a copy of the duke Edinburgh’s international award handbook which will serve as a useful reference.
    • Research some basic opportunities for activities in each section and identify some potential activity coaches
    • Each activity coach should also have a basic knowledge of the award. They can get this by talking to award leader, reading the pamphlets and reading about the award.
    • It is important to recruit as much adult help as possible and to ensure that the organization is fully behind offering the award programme to its members. Running the award may allow adults who are not normally leaders of the organization to get involved with youth developments. Parents can be a good supporting resource. The more adults who are prepared to get involved as award leaders, activity coaches or general helpers, the wider the choice of activities available to young people.
    • If there are other award units nearby, they should be able to help with ideas, and in some cases with equipment and other resources and qualified if necessary. All legal requirements must be enforced.
    • Ensure that any necessary screening procedures are carried out for adults working directly with young people is vital. Activity coaches should be suitably experienced. All legal requirements must be enforced.

    Our team members

    Meet staff members

    We believe that something incredible grows out of a team of experts with individual specialties, working together toward tomorrow.

    Katende-Mukiibi

    Katende Mukiibi

    National Director

    Ester-Namale

    Ester Namale

    Online Resources Manager

    Masumba-Kenneth

    Masumba Kenneth

    Head of Operations

     Okurut-Sam

    Okurut Sam

    Regional Coordinator Eastern Uganda