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Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award opens in Morocco

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The Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Gibraltar has welcomed the news that the Strait of Gibraltar Association has been licenced, by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation (the Foundation), as an Independent Award Centre in Tangier, Morocco.

The Board is delighted that Kenneth Cardona, a veteran Award Alumni, was instrumental in sparking interest in the Award by the Association, and thereafter continued to engage with them to further the process.

The Award in Gibraltar is pleased that, following an approach in late 2019 by the Association, it was able to facilitate the contacts with, and to support it with its application, to the Foundation.

The Chairman of the Award in Gibraltar, David Dumas QC, expressed his delight at the successful outcome, and the fact that this offers a wonderful opportunity for young people, adults, and other stakeholders, in Morocco to engage in what is an internationally recognised non-formal education and learning framework. It also comes at a time when young people across the globe are suffering the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Award can offer them the opportunities to develop the skills and attributes to help them navigate the challenges they face.

Michael Pizzarello BEM, the National Director for the Award in Gibraltar, who has been working behind the scenes to assist the Association gain its licence, was very pleased that the Association could now, with the Gibraltar Morocco Business Association, start to engage with young people. He looked forward to seeing the Award develop in North Africa, and stated that this start-up in Tangier could count on the advice and assistance of the Award in Gibraltar in these early days of its development.

The Board of Trustees of the Award in Gibraltar congratulates the Association, and offers its best wishes for a successful development over the years.

To learn more about the Award as a whole or to get involved please contact the National Director, Michael Pizzarello, on 20051971 or email or visit our website at

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