On the 10th of January, for the third consecutive year, the Central Military Club in Sofia held the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award ceremony- Bulgaria.

The President- Rumen Radev, patron of the organization, awarded honorary badges and certificates to over 120 young people from all over the country. In the event a special participation was also taken by H. E. Ms. Emma Hopkins, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain.

"The most important aspect of leadership is to be able to lead by personal example. This is precisely the power of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, because it gives the key to the most valuable lesson – that of self-improvement. Bulgaria needs ambitious and persistent young people. People with vision and faith for the sake of the future of our society". This was stated by the President Rumen Radev while addressing the rewarded young people.

The head of state stressed that the program enables thousands of young people from all over the world to acquire knowledge, practical and social skills and makes them able to integrate fully into today's tense and dynamic world. "The program, although present for only three years in the country, has gained undoubted success in Bulgaria", Rumen Radev noted.

H. E. Mrs. Emma Hopkins, as a person who went through the program, turned to the young people, saying: "I congratulate you all, who are receiving the award today - this is a real achievement. You should be proud of it. I believe you will be socially responsible and will work actively for the good future of Bulgaria".

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The Award) is a leading international personal development and achievement program for young people between the ages of 14 and 24. Since its foundation in 1956, more than 8 million young people from over 140 countries have undertaken a number of voluntary and challenging activities within the framework of the Award. Participants in the program put ahead their motivational personal goals, which with consistency, guidance and support from experienced leaders they should reach within a certain period of time in three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold. They can choose activities in Skills, Physical Activity and Volunteering, as well as experience Adventure Expedition; while at the Gold level, they also participate in a project for the benefit of society, far away from their homes.

At present, over 900,000 young people around the world achieve their goals by taking part in this program, and therefore they develop universal skills and qualities that are beneficial for life.
The organization has been operating in Bulgaria for 4 years now and over 550 young people from 19 cities have actively pursued their goals in their individual program within the framework of the Award. 42 are the licensed operators in Bulgaria, including schools, non-governmental organizations, business organizations and student associations.

The material was provided by the organizers of the event.

In the picture: The President of the Republic of Bulgaria- Rumen Radev and H. E. Mrs. Emma Hopkins, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UK to Bulgaria, with the awarded young people.