CHANCE is a youth development service organisation funding education programmes in Nepal. We aim to address quality of education and provide personal development through the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.

It’s official: the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award comes home to Nepal

After three years of nurturing and stewardship CHANCE’s involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nepal has reached a successful conclusion. A new organisation has been established to administer The Award in Nepal – Sakcham Yuva, Nepal. It is run by Nepalis for Nepalis, and will formally manage the license from the International Award Foundation as National Award Operator for Nepal.

For the last three years CHANCE has been funding the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nepal with support of a grant of £25,000 provided by the International Award Foundation (IAF).

CHANCE trustee Tina Stacey, who has worked tirelessly in Kathmandu to bring the new organisation into existence, said:

“We are proud of what we have achieved over the last three years. With the license handed over for DoEIA Nepal to take over, we can truly say we have had a lasting impact. I would like to thank everyone at IAF, the new members of DoEIA Nepal, and all those within Nepal who have donated their time to introduce such a worthwhile programme into their country.”

Gold level award participant Anish Luitel with his Award log book on the summit of Everest (Photo: Anish Luitel / DoEIA Nepal)

Gold level award participant Anish Luitel with his Award log book on the summit of Everest (Photo: Anish Luitel / DoEIA Nepal)

Sir John Hunt helped to set up The Award after his successful expedition to Everest in 1953, so in 2013, on the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, CHANCE set about bringing The Award back to its spiritual home in Nepal.

On 21 May, 2016, Anish Luitel, a gold level Award participant from Jhapa district, completed the the circle. He achieved the Adventurous Journey part of his Award in the best way possible, by reaching the summit of Everest himself.

CHANCE took on the role of National Award Operator for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Nepal in 2013, encouraging schools and youth organisations to become Award Operators, training Award Leaders, and encouraging young people throughout Nepal to participate.

Our long-term goal has always been to establish a local organisation within Nepal to be the National Award Operator. To this end The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DoEIA) Nepal was formally inaugurated in December 2015.

DoEIA Nepal consists of seven board members and two permanent employees. All of them are leaders within their community, and have been closely involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award over many years. CHANCE has been working with them closely throughout the process, and we know The Award in Nepal will be in safe hands.

The seven board members of DoEIA Nepal are:

  • Chairperson: Chandrayan Pradhan Shrestha. Principal and Director Caribbean College, National Training Panel Leader, First Award Leader in Nepal in 1999
  • Treasurer: Dawa Steven Sherpa. Entrepreneur, Director HCI, Everest Summiteer, Great Himalayan Trail Initiative
  • Civil Society Representative: Sumnima Tuladhar. Co-Founder CWIN, First Child Rights Movement of Nepal
  • Education Representative: Milan Dixit. Principal Rato Bangala School, Vice Chair Rato Bangala Foundation
  • Private Sector Representative: Suman Shakya. Entrepreneur, Founder One Planet Solution
  • Outdoor Adventure Representative: Chimmi Urken Gurung. Treasurer Nepal Olympic Association, President Nepal Biking Association
  • Youth Representative: Sneh Rana. National Rifle Shooting Champion, Olympic Competitor, Medical Student

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It was developed to encourage all young people ages 14 to 24 to be active, participate in new activities, and give back to the community. It has over eight million participants in over 140 countries, but until now has not had a formal unified presence in Nepal.

You can follow DoEIA Nepal’s latest news on their Facebook page.

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