Blog By Vanessa Masing

Global Impact Report 2020 published

“2020 was a tough and demanding year for the world. COVID-19 has had a massive effect on all our lives.
We have seen extensive changes in society and the long-term implications are yet to be fully appreciated or understood. However, one thing is certain: young people will be amongst those to experience the greatest impact.
We face an uncertain future, as changes to the job market pivot from automation to artificial intelligence; as the digital landscape evolves and we begin to explore the metaverse; as climate change becomes the key issue facing our planet.
Young people now need truly flexible and accessible education, learning and development opportunities, to help them overcome the challenges they face; to inspire them and empower them to transform themselves into young adults; and to equip them with the qualities, values, and resilience that we will come to depend upon tomorrow and beyond. The next generation is ready, if properly supported, to invest in their future, their communities, and their societies.
With more than 65 years’ experience of equipping young people to be ready for the world, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is primed and perfectly placed to help. The Award’s framework for non-formal education and learning is flexible and can adapt to the constant change we see around us. It enables and empowers young people to learn and grow, while working towards globally recognised accreditation. It supports mental health and long-term prospects, by giving young people the tools to develop their resilience, adaptability, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
The Award directly contributes to several United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals; primarily Quality Education, but also Good Health and Wellbeing, and Decent Work and Economic Growth. It has direct, positive financial and non-financial impact on the people and communities it touches.
Our ground-breaking impact measurement initiatives, developed in collaboration with PwC and academic institutions, allow us to establish and maintain a robust evidence base for the impact of the Award.
With this inaugural impact report, we start to tell the story of the Award and its impact by sharing highlights from our rich impact data relating to a year like no other.”

John May OBE DL
Secretary General
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

Please find the Global Impact Report here: DOEIA-global-impact-report-2020_A4