Education Beyond the Walls of the Classroom: A Crucial Investment
Increasingly, educators, policy makers and education regulators are recognizing the importance of learning outside the classroom, and the opportunities that can be created to help young people develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes needed for adult life and work.
An investment in non-formal education is not just an investment in youth. It’s an investment in social inclusion, employability, poverty reduction and reinforced communities. It’s an investment we cannot afford to miss.The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL - Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, UK Government. Chair of International Council, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
A Blueprint for Investing in Human Capital
The Award framework can be a blueprint for investing in human capital; specifically strengthening resilience, improving employability and entrepreneurship, promoting prosperity and helping the most vulnerable.
It does this today, just as it has done for more than 60 years, through working in partnership with educational institutions, youth organizations and other provisions who, in turn, use the Award to engage young people and their communities in a consistent way, as they support them in finding their own development solutions. Through mentorship, adults can help young people achieve their Award by sharing passions, experience, enthusiasm and learning skills themselves. At the heart of the Award is the spirit of volunteering: encouraging a culture of helping others, providing worthwhile activities, and helping to make a difference to communities.