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. Also known as Sakcham Yuva, Nepal, it is run by Nepalis for Nepalis, and will manage the license from the International Award Foundation as National Award Operator for Nepal. For updates, see their Facebook page.
The vision of this network is to provide a sustainable platform for the Award to be delivered, by creating an inclusive and accessible programme for all young people in Nepal, irrespective of background, caste, or location. We are extremely proud to have supported this programme, which could change the youth development sector in Nepal for ever.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is being delivered across Nepal, including The British School, Shuvatara School, Rato Bangala, Kathmandu Uni High school and Esther Benjamins Trust. Since its launch in Nepal over 350 young people from three development areas have participated.
Historically The Award has roots in Nepal: after Lord Hunt returned from leading the 1953 British Everest Expedition, which succeeded in placing Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on the summit of the world’s highest mountain, he worked with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to develop and launch his youth development scheme across the UK. Later the scheme became international, and now more than 60 years on we have launched the award in Nepal.
Read more about our patrons: We are lucky to enjoy the kind support of four of Nepal’s most inspirational public figures to help us promote the Award nationally.
Nepal Board of Management
- 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