The President’s Award

Yolande Rautenbach
Ms Yolande Rautenbach
yrautenbach@hsmerensky.co.za

The President's Award for Youth Empowerment is proud to be The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in South Africa. It is available to all 14–24 year olds, regardless of their background.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global framework for non-formal education and learning, which challenges young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world.

Through developing transferable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Award helps young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

It operates in more than 130 countries and territories, helping to inspire millions of young people to take control and make their own choices.

The Award is comprised of three levels each progressively more challenging.

Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Voluntary Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold level participants also complete a Gold Residential Project.


Merensky learners who have completed levels (since 2013)

Bronze - 142
Silver - 63
Gold - 24
TOTAL: 229


President's award since 2013

REQUIREMENTS FOR BRONZE LEVEL

Minimum time: 6 months
Community service: 24 hours over 3 months
Sports: 6 (or 3) months
Skill: 3 (or 6) months
Registration age: 14 years or older

HIKE

Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Distance: 24 km
Planned activities: 12 hours (6 hours per day)

Complete a portfolio listing all activities.

 

medal-bronze


REQUIREMENTS FOR SILVER LEVEL

Minimum time: 6 months
Community service: 48 hours over 6 months
Sports: 6 months
Skill: 6 months
Registration age: 15 years or older

HIKE

Duration: 3 days, 2 night
Distance: 48 km
Planned activities: 21 hours (7 hours per day)

Complete a portfolio listing all activities.

 

medal-silver


REQUIREMENTS FOR GOLD LEVEL

Minimum time: 12 months
Community service: 72 hours over 12 months
Sports: 12 months
Skill: 12 months
Residential project: 4 days, 3 nights
Registration age: 16 years or older

HIKE

Duration: 4 days, 3 night
Distance: 80 km
Planned activities: 32 hours (8 hours per day)

Complete a portfolio listing all activities.

medal-gold