Young Citizen: Chigwell teen completes Duke of Edinburgh Award in half the usual time

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 October 2018

She is in the top 3per cent of DofE candidates. Picture: JLGB

She is in the top 3per cent of DofE candidates. Picture: JLGB


A driven and ambitious Kantor King Solomon pupil who worked incredibly hard to complete her Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

Hannah Chowdhry, 14, of Chigwell, completed the scheme in half the usual time and as a result, she is in the top 3per cent in the country.

She participated in the challenge, which aims to push boundaries and give young people new skills, with the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade (JLGB).

“My journey through the DofE programme has been very rewarding,” she said.

“I have learned many new skills including business administration, accounting and international humanitarian aid through the many volunteer roles I have undertaken.

“JLGB advisers were extremely helpful throughout the course and it was a privilege for me to work with such an experienced and knowledgeable group.

“Their input was invaluable – without them many of the aspects of the course would have been difficult to navigate through.”

Supported by the Pears Foundation, the JLGB has increased Jewish participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by 400pc.

JLGB offers a unique and faith sensitive provision directly delivered across all Jewish secondary schools, synagogues, and youth and community groups, ensuring the entire Jewish community can take part in the DofE, including adapted programmes for those with physical or learning disabilities.

Marsha Kay, JLGB’s Duke of Edinburgh’s award administrator, said: “Hannah now becomes one of only 34 candidates to have her bronze DofE sections ratified in eight months which is a testament to her drive and ambition,” she said

“Hannah is notably our first Pakistani Christian to be certified on the programme and we wish her every success for the future.”

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award celebrates the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards in March.

You can nominate any person under 25 from Redbridge by emailing

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