According to Kurt Hahn, one of the founding fathers of the world recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, “the aim of education is to impel people into value forming experiences … to ensure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit … and above all, compassion … it is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences.”
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is very much centred around new experiences. Hahn undoubtedly understood the intrinsic benefits of such a programme to the growing physical, emotional and spiritual development of young people.
He recognised the value of young people reaching beyond their comfort zone and seeking new experiences that nurture their passions and potential. To outsiders, the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme may appear intangible or nebulous, yet to those who work every day with young people engaged in this Award, the value is very real and, over time, plain to see.