We are pleased to announce we have received a grant of £25,000 GBP from The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to facilitate the introduction of the Award to young people throughout Nepal over the next three years.
The grant will be supplemented with £8,000 GBP of additional fundraising to provide a total budget of £33,000 GBP for our Award programme in Nepal. Our long-term objective is to step down as National Award Operator and hand over responsibility to a local Nepalese body that we will be helping to establish as part of the programme.
Now that we have the necessary funding we plan to create a centre of excellence in each of the five development regions of Nepal. We are looking to do these in partnership with Nepalese organisations who have national coverage. We will start with one location and then expand across their networks. The first will be with SOS Children’s Village in Lumbini, Western Nepal. We are in discussions with other organisations, including Save the Children, Rotary International and the Scouts, to develop additional strategic partnerships for these centres of excellence.
After leading the first ascent of Everest from Nepal in 1953, Sir John Hunt was invited by HRH Prince Philip to help design a youth development scheme inspired by his Himalayan journey. The result was the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which was launched in the UK in 1956. The Award was extended worldwide, and 140 countries now take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award scheme.
CHANCE Management Trustee Tina Stacey Ghale said:
“The award of this grant is great news which means the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award now has a solid foundation to build upon in Nepal. The Award has a presence in 140 countries, but this is the first time a national operator has been set up in Nepal, which thanks to Sir John Hunt can be considered its spiritual home. It’s a beautiful country whose people and scenery are perfect for the adventurous spirit the Award represents. We are extremely proud to be a part of a network that we hope will change the youth development sector in Nepal for ever.
“The Award is about broader self-led personal development, which encourages youths to think creatively, take risks, manage relationships and question; all of which are values and behaviours which the formal education sector is striving to achieve, but not yet present in Nepal. That’s why CHANCE is providing funds to set up the Award alongside our long standing programme of teacher training and quality education to help improve the education sector.
“Where formal education provides the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic, the Award builds on this with further personal development of the modern day Rs: the ability to take risk, being relevant in a rapidly changing world and having resilience to not only cope but remain content and succeed in personal goals.
“We feel these two programmes are highly complementary to each other and that teachers and educationalists who become involved in the Award will also learn skills and values to take back into the classroom environment, thereby improving mainstream education as well.”
In awarding grants The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation looks for projects that extend the reach of the Award to targeted groups of young people from a particular culture or ethnic origin, or to those who are disadvantaged, disabled, isolated or at risk. Projects should promote the Award in targeted areas where there has been little involvement of young people in the past.
CHANCE is a youth development service organisation funding education programmes in Nepal through implementation partners. We aim to address quality of education and provide personal development through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. You can find out more about our work and how you can help us on our website.