The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Ceremony

On Friday 1st December, 53 young people from throughout Latvia received their Bronze, Silver – and in one case, Gold – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for their dedication and hard work towards achieving their individual goals in the areas of Service, Physical Recreation and Skills, as well as their Adventurous Journey with other Award participants. The Gold Award holder from Taurupe Primary School, had also undertaken a five day Residential project.

The ceremony, organised by the National Centre for Education, took place at the newly restored VEF Culture Palace in Riga.  Awards were presented by the British Ambassador to Latvia, Mr Keith Shannon, the British Council’s Country Director, Ms Zane Matešovica, the Lattelecom Riga Marathon founder, Mr Aigars Nords, as well as Latvian adventurer, Mr Karlis Bardelis and music group “Aarzemnieki”.  13 Award leaders were also presented with certificates of recognition for helping the young Award participants to fulfil their goals. UK-Latvian owned hotel “Radi un Draugi” received a certificate of recognition for providing conference rooms and accommodation for some of this year’s Award programme activities, thereby becoming the first bronze members of the Award’s  supporters’ programme.

In her speech, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Latvia National Director, Ms Agra Bērziņa, thanked cooperation partners the British Embassy Riga and the British Council Latvia for their continuous support over the last year, as well as the British Chamber of Commerce’s Charity Fund for their generous donation following funds raised at the Gala Dinner during Prince Edward’s visit to Latvia last November. 

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