The Award equips young people for life and work.

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world. The Head of State Award is available to all 14-25 years old. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognizes their achievements.
Since its launch in Ghana 50 years ago, the Award has inspired many young people to transform their lives. Through the non – formal educational framework of the Award, the Award plays a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-25 years old who wants to take up the challenge.

The Award framework

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at
each level to achieve an Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

Bronze Award 
For those over 14 years old.

Silver Award 
For those over 15 years old.

Gold Award 
For those over 16 years old.

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The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.

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The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

More about Skills


Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness

More about Physical Recreation


Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment

More about Adventurous Journey


Residential Project

The Residential Project, completed only at Gold level, aims to broaden participants’ horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.

More about Residential Project

Enroll as a participant

Enrolment into the Award programme is voluntary. To participate in the Award;

  1. Complete an enrolment form correctly.
  2. Pay appropriate enrollment fee ie GHs40.00 only.
  3. Receive your Record Book or your Online Record Book sign in details.
  4. Choose and start doing your selected activities per the sections
  5. Recording activities in physical recreation, skills development, community service and adventurous journey.

Gaining your Award

  1. Once all the requirements (sections) are completed for your chosen award level and you have them recorded and signed off in your Records within the required timeframe, submit your records to your Award Leader, who will double check that you have met all the requirements.
  2. Your Record Book and activity details will then be assessed by an Award Staff in the Award Secretariat.
  3. If all the requirements have been met, you will be issued with your Award
  4. Enroll onto the next level, using the same process as above.

A completed Record of your activities is the basis for a participant achieving and receiving an Award. Once you are enrolled, you are required to undertake each level of the Award progressively.

Interested to challenge yourself…? Sign up now

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