We are delighted to confirm that His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, will be visiting Ghana between 23-26 May as part of his role with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Scheme. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is associated with the Head of State Awards Scheme in Ghana. The Earl will meet senior Ghanaian officials including His Excellency The President. The Earl and President Mahama will together present Head of State Awards to young Ghanaians who have successfully participated in the scheme over the past few years.
His Royal Highness is the youngest child of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The Earl supports Her Majesty in her official duties and undertakes public engagements for a large number of his own charities. The Earl has been deeply committed to the work of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since undertaking his own Award in 1986.
This scheme is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently. Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge. The ambition of the award in Ghana is to grow its participation rate from 0.1% to 2% of Ghana’s youth population by 2020.