The Duke of Edinburgh International Award has appointed a new National Director

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From setting strong foundations, to building for growth: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, appoints a new National Director

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award has appointed a new National Director as it looks to grow and enable even more learning opportunities and achievement of skills outside the classroom.

Adrian Farrugia has been working in the Voluntary Sector for many years. Actively involved in Scouting and supporting other small NGOs in an advisory capacity.

“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with young people from Malta and around the world through Scouting and love to see them challenge themselves, discover their potential and support their communities in so many different ways. I’m delighted to be joining the Duke of Edinburgh passionate, dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters as we continue to work to enable even more youths across the Island to access and benefit from the Award.

“Recent Award research found that young people are driven by finding a job, saving the planet and understanding their identity and place in the world today. The Award enables them to focus on the things that matter most to them, all whilst building essential skills such as resilience, adaptability, decision-making and teamwork. And with the Adventurous journey and working thru the Award pathways, they have more opportunities than ever to do just that, in ways that are truly unique to the Award.”

Adrian replaces the current National Director Debbie, who is retiring having given more than ten years of excellent service to the Award, during which time she has overseen a programme of transformative change and systems for the future.

Kenneth DeMartino, Chair of Award says “ The Board is really pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian, who brings a unique set of skills, perspective and experience to the role. We are looking forward to welcoming him to the organisation and working with him to help all young people achieve their potential.”

Adrian will commence in role from January 2023.

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