This afternoon the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was launched in Estonia by the Estonian Scout Association in cooperation with British Embassy Tallinn. The Award is renowned as the world’s leading youth achievement award which over the last 60 years has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives.
British Ambassador Theresa Bubbear was delighted to launch the Award in Estonia. She said:
I hope that it will give many young people an opportunity to discover and develop their strengths and talents that will support them throughout their lives.
The Chief Scout of the Estonian Scout Association Kristjan Pomm said:
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives young people an opportunity to set their own goals and achieve them as a part of the Estonian Scout Association programme. It challenges youngsters to compete against themselves, to take responsibility for their own development, and to see a range of opportunities for development. This all may prove very useful in future for choice of education and career.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive self-development programme available to anyone aged 14–24. Young people who complete the Award become more confident and resilient, and develop skills in areas such as communication, problem solving and leadership. The Award was launched in the UK in 1956, and nowadays is operated in more than 140 countries by schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, youth organisations, sports clubs, and many Scout organisations around the world including the UK Scout Association.
The Estonian Scout Association is one of the strongest youth organisations in Estonia offering regular weekly activities, bringing together children and youth from all over Estonia, from rural and urban areas, from Estonian and Russian-speaking communities, with different abilities and special needs.