For Parents/Guardians


For Parents/Guardians

The International Award for Young People Nigeria is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nigeria and a member of the International Award Foundation, the world’s leading youth achievement award that brings together practical experiences to create committed global citizens through the provision of a balanced program that challenges and equips young people with positive life skills. It is a positive challenge for both parents and young people. It is a fantastic program that gives a structure for young people aged 14 – 24 to realize their ambitions and to change their world.


The Award believes in ten philosophies which state that The Award is:

  1. Available to everyone
  2. About experiencing, connecting and developing
  3. Not a competition
  4. Flexible
  5. Balanced
  6. Progressive
  7. About personal achievement
  8. A marathon, not a sprint
  9. Voluntary
  10. Fun

Parents are one of the biggest champions of the Award Program. They are enthusiastic about the impact that the Award Program has on the lives of their children. The Award has been seen to:

  • Provide a simple, meaningful framework for self-development
  • Build self-confidence, and providing leadership opportunities for young people
  • Provide recognition for young people in the extra-curricular sphere of the school environment
  • Enable young people to have an internationally recognized certificate for tertiary education application, GAP year opportunities as well as first job applications.

We would love to see your child enrol…
Have a look at the FAQ section to find out more.



Why should my son or daughter enrol in the Award Program?
The Award Program is a holistic program for young people providing them with a simple structure to plan their own development. It is a useful for them to include in their applications to tertiary institutions and in the work place.

Will the Award help my child get into university?
Universities are increasingly looking for young people who have been holistically involved in their school years. In an increasingly competitive environment for spaces at university, the Award provides the edge.

Is the Award only operational in Nigeria?
No, There are over 140 countries around the world that are licensed to run the Award Program. A Bronze, Silver and/or Gold Certificate is a great addition to GAP Year applications, especially in the UK, where the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is well known.

How old does my child have to be?
Between the ages of 14 and 24.

Where is the Award operated?
In schools, youth organizations, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional centers nationally.

What do I do, if I don’t know whether the Award Program operates at the school my child it at?
You can contact the Award Office.

Is there a specific time/date to enrol?
No, you can enrol at any time of the year. It is best to be part of a group of young people doing it, if you can. It helps with motivation and support.

How old does my child have to be for each Level?
For Bronze, you must be at least 14 years old, For Silver, you must be at least 15 years old, For Gold, you must be at least 16 years old

What is the broad outline of the Award Program?
Your child will need to be actively involved in COMMUNITY SERVICE, developing a NEW SKILL, taking part in PHYSICAL RECREATION (Sport) and doing an ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY.

What do I do if my child is unsure of what they can do for each of the sections of the Award Program?
Be in touch with the Award Leader at your child’s school or be in touch with our Award Office to find out who the Award Leader is.

Can my child count activities s/he has been involved in before enrolling, towards a level?
No, only activities that you take part in from the time you have enrolled can count. This is a requirement internationally.

What is the enrolment fee?
The participants enrolment fee covers basic costs of administration including your record book, certificate, badge and the visits that our staff do to the different parts of the country to support the Award.

How does my child enrol?
If the Award Program is operating in his/her school, or another community youth groups, be in touch with your Award Leader who will assist you with the process. To find out who your Award Leader is, get in touch with the Award Office. Your child will need to complete an enrolment form, signed by you and pay the enrolment fee before you are deemed to be a participant.

Where do I pay the enrolment fee?
Payment is made at the Award Office through your Award Leader

What happens once my child enrols?
He/she needs to get going with achieving the requirements of the Award. Remember it is a marathon, not a sprint. Your child will receive his/her login details to the online record book, which summarizes the requirements of each section of the Award, depending on what level they are on. The record book needs to be completed by relevant adult supervisors of activities (sport coaches; hike leaders etc) to reflect what was done for each section. The record book needs to be signed by this adult who was responsible for each activity that they are involved in. The Record Book should be kept in a safe place.

Is there “Life After Gold”?
Yes there is! The Award Holders Association (AHA) is active in a number of areas in the country. Those who remain active with the organization are considered for International opportunities through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.