KATHMANDU, APRIL 10
Upon the demise of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Nepal, a foundation, has acknowledged the loss of its founder His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT.
In a press release issued on April 9, the foundation shared its message of condolence as it remembered the initiation of its establishment 65 years ago by His Royal Highness in the UK.
Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, John May shared, "The International Award family mourns the loss of our inspirational Founder. Prince Philip's belief in the infinite potential of young people, coupled with his championing of non-formal education and learning, positioned him as a leader and thinker of truly global stature."
May added, "Through the personal leadership and involvement of Prince Philip, the Award that bears his name has transformed the lives of millions of young people since it started in 1956 and has impacted countless more in local communities. As young people face exceptional challenge and change in the wake of the current pandemic, this "do-it-yourself growing-up kit", as he described it, is even more relevant today than ever. His Royal Highness's passion for, and commitment to, the work of the Award and the development of young people continued until the last. His determination, energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed."
Similarly, Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Nepal, Astha Thapa shared, "HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip's contributions in community service and as a champion of non formal education and youth empowerment, through the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme, is an enduring legacy that will live on."
Since its commencement, the foundation has been able to deliver its service in more than 130 countries and territories.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award notes its relationship with Nepal as it counts the beginning when Sir John Hunt was tasked to set up The Award after his successful expedition to Everest in 1953, by the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global, non-formal education framework, founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, in conjunction with German educationalist Kurt Hahn. This organisation aims to challenge young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through adventurous journey and volunteer within their community.