Why should my son or daughter be enrol on the Award Programme?
The Award Programme is a holistic programme for young people providing them with a simple structure to plan their own development. It is a useful for them to include in their applications to tertiary institutions and in the work place. Many of our Gold Award Holders have been offered prestigious scholarships such as the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship, the Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship as well as the Rhodes Scholarship.
Will the Award help my child get into university?
Universities are increasingly looking for young people who have been holistically involved in their school years. In an increasingly competitive environment for spaces at university, the Award provides the edge. As an example, the WITS Health Sciences Faculty application form has as space for applicants to tick whether they have achieved a Bronze, Silver and/or Gold Award.
Is the Award only operational in South Africa?
No. There are over 140 countries around the world that are licenced to run the Award Programme. A Bronze, Silver and/or Gold Certificate is a great addition to GAP Year applications, especially in the UK, where the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is well known.
How do I know that my child is going to benefit?
Read about what Award participants say about their experiences in the testimonial link.
How old does my child have to be?
Between the ages of 14 and 24.
Where is the Award operated?
In schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional centres nationally.
What do I do, if I don’t know whether the Award Programme operates at the school my child it at?
You can contact the Regional Office nearest to you.
Is there a specific time/date to enrol?
No, you can enrol at any time of the year. It is best to be part of a group of young people doing it, if you can. It helps with motivation and support.
How old does my child have to be for each Level?
For Bronze, you must be at least 14 years old
For Silver, you must be at least 15 years old
For Gold, you must be at least 16 years old
What is the broad outline of the Award Programme?
Your child will need to be actively involved in COMMUNITY SERVICE, developing a NEW SKILL, taking part in PHYSICAL RECREATION (Sport) and doing an ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY. See the link for Progamme details.
What do I do if my child is unsure of what they can do for each of the sections of the Award Programme?
Be in touch with the Award Leader at your child’s school or be in touch with our Regional Offices to find out who the Award Leader is.
Can my child count activities s/he has been involved in before enrolling, towards an level?
No, only activities that you take part in from the time you have enrolled can count. This is a requirement internationally.
What is the enrolment fee?
The enrolment fee is a once off fee which covers basic costs of administration including your record book, certificate, badge and the visits that our staff do to the different parts of the country to support the Award in the regions. Our enrolment fees do go up annually, so check with your regional office, if you are unsure. Look here for current enrolment fee.
How does my child enrol?
If the Award Programme is operating in his/her school, or another community youth groups, be in touch with your Award Leader who will assist you with the process. To find out who your Award Leader is, get in touch with the Regional Office that serves you province . Your child will need to complete an enrolment form , signed by you and pay the enrolment fee before you are deemed to be a participant.
Where do I pay the enrolment fee?
See banking details.
What happens once my child enrols?
S/he needs to get going with achieving the requirements of the Award. Remember it is a marathon, not a sprint. Your child will receive an official record book, which summarises the requirements of each section of the Award, depending on what level they are on. The record book needs to be completed by relevant adult supervisors of activities (sport coaches; hike leaders etc) to reflect what was done for each section. The record book needs to be signed by this adult who was responsible for each activity that they are involved in. The Record Book should be kept in a safe place.
Is there “life after Gold”?
Yes there is! The South African Gold Award Holders Association (SAGAHA) is active in a number of areas in the country. Those who remain active with the organisation are considered for International opportunities through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Check out the SAGAHA link for more details.