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.

How To Get Involved

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED

HOW IS THE AWARD OPERATED?

The award is operated by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award-Uganda for youth empowerment and any institution or organization concerned with young people may apply to run the programme. School, youth organization and clubs, companies, sports club, young offender institution, child and youth care centers and other agencies all make use of the award to provide a balanced programme of activities for their young people. the agencies deliver the award to their members with the help of volunteer award leaders or coordinators.

The role of the leader is:

  • To help young people to choose their individual programme and their personal goals.
  • To help them identify the resources and facilities which will enable them to follow their chosen activities.
  • To monitor their progress and act as motivators.

Thousand of adults have already volunteered their services in this worthwhile way often combining it with their role as youth club leaders, scouters, sports-team coaches. Thousands more get involved as instructors, helping participants with specific activity whether it be sharing their passion for photography, their expertise in expedition or their professional knowledge or caring for the sick. They don’t need to be professionally qualified-just have a desire to share their experience with younger people. The award handbook provides comprehensive guideline on the programme. It details fully the basic requirements of each section, how the assessment is carried out and how is gained.

HOW CAN YOUNG PEOPLE JOIN THE PROGRAMME?

To participate, a young person must first enroll by completing an enrollment form that can be obtained from our national office at plat 15 Bukoto street. Please see contact on www.dofeuganda.org. In correctional center, participants are enrolled by an award leader (a correctional official) in their respective centers. This person is also responsible for keeping record of all activities that the participants are involved in since his/her enrollment date. After he/she is enrolled, they will be issued with a record book where in which their award activities are recorded in. further detail and the processes ahead will be guided and supported by the programme managers. On joining the programme, participants set their challenges within the four sections {sometimes five at Gold} in consultation with their award leader. For each activity they need an adult instructor who will share their share knowledge and supervise including guiding them. After the minimum time period, the young person’s progress is assessed by our programme managers. Assessment is based on each individual’s improvement, commitment and effort in the activity, rather than on a set of external standards. Once all four sections have been successfully completed, they are deemed to have achieved and award. Their award leader will arrange the necessary authorization and presentation of the reward

THE REWARD

For participants, the main reward is a great sense of personal achievement. They will gain new skills and experiences, make new friends and build all-round character. More tangibly, they will receive a prestigious badge and certificate to mark their achievement. For award leaders and instructors, there is the satisfaction of knowing that they had helped young people to develop and contribute in a worthwhile way to the community.

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FROM A SMALL BEGINNING TO RAPID GROWTH
THE AWARD’S DEVELOPMENT

The award started in Britain in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Within ten years, 16 countries had adopted the idea and were running their own award programme. Today more than 140 countries {26 in Africa} run the award under a number of different titles.

In 2012, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award celebrated 17yrs. Of work with young people between the age of 14 and 25 in Uganda. To date, more than 40,000 young people have enrolled on the programme. Internationally, more than 650,000 youths have been reached through the programme. It all started in 1995 under the banner of the source of the Nile award. Today close to 70 schools and youth organizations offer the award programme to the youths enabling them to obtain the most prestigious award for youth in Uganda. the source of the Nile award was in 2013 transformed into the duke of Edinburgh’s international award-Uganda.