TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex will be visiting the Caribbean from March 16th to 23rd in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association.
TRHs will be in Barbados from 18th to 21st March to attend a number of events including a Gold Award ceremony, Regatta sailing and several fund raising events.
The funds raised will go to the development of the National Award programme now operating in over 9 schools in Barbados and the development of the Sea Cadet programme of the Barbados Defence Force.
HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex obtained his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1986, was appointed a Trustee in 1988 and became the Chairman of the International Council of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association in 1992.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting, self-developmental organisation available to all young people between the ages of 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world.
The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else.
Young people design their own Award Programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress.
The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
The international Association of the Award Programme is run in 132 countries with over 800,000 young people participating annual.
The association has ten international trustees representing four regions of the world. Barbadian Dr. Trevor Carmichael QC is one of two trustees representing the Americas region the other being Mr Gregory Belton of Canada.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was introduced in Barbados in 1963, through the Council for Voluntary Social Services.
The Award is a non-governmental body and is a registered charity operating out of the National Office located at Sheraton Mall in Christ Church.