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Young people celebrate completing a Duke of Edinburgh Award

57More than 100 young people from the borough picked up their certificates at an awards

ceremony to celebrate their achievements for undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award


The awards ceremony took place at Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow on 22 March and

was hosted by the Young Mayor of Tower Hamets Deng Yan San and Deputy Young Mayor

Monsur Ali.

The programme is comprised of three levels; Gold, Silver and Bronze and the council’s Outdoor

Education Team manages the programme for the borough and supports schools in delivering the


To achieve a DofE Award young people aged 14-25 must complete activities based around a

personal programme of volunteering, skills, physical and expeditions. The skills and personal

attributes developed through participation are recognised by employers, colleges and


This year has been the most successful year to date for the scheme in Tower Hamlets with more

than 700 people registering onto a programme and nearly 200 completing an award.

Daniel Murray, Outdoor Education Manager at the council said: “I am very proud of our young

people who achieved an award and we hope to inspire more young people to take part and

continue their adventures and achievements.

“The DofE scheme gives you the chance to do something completely new and improve on things

you’re already doing. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a place where you’ll push

yourself and have amazing new experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and

friendship groups. And you’ll have a brilliant time doing it.”