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The Duke of Edinburgh

International Award for Young People

 The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award scheme is now in its seventh year. It is an exciting self-development programme and over 300 students from classes 3 – 7 have enrolled to pursue different levels of the Award from Bronze through to Gold.

Students have to complete regular activities in different categories: Community Service, Skills and Physical Recreation as well as undertaking an adventurous hike which involves navigating and camping in unfamiliar surroundings. Students are divided into teams of approximately seven and work under the guidance of their Award Leaders who train them in first aid, compass skills and basic survival techniques before they go on their excursion.

The students involved enjoy themselves while they learn and in addition, the local community benefits from our students doing Community Service in a variety of locations. The Award is recognised internationally and looked upon favourably by universities world-wide because it is evident that students who earn the Award have shown initiative and reached a level of independence and maturity.

Overall Coordinators: Mrs K. Stylianou, Mr A. Nestorides, Mrs L. Lynch

Award Leaders: Mr D. Esau, Mr M. Hadjiminas and Mrs C. Melas

 
The Details

The three Level, four Section format of the Award Programme makes it very versatile. It can be adapted so that it's relevant to any young person, anywhere in the world.  For further details about the Award, visit Interaxion.

Three Levels
The Programme is based around three Levels, each successive one requiring a greater degree of commitment.
 
  • BRONZE is for those 14 years or over. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 6 months
  • SILVER is for those 15 years or over. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 12 months
  • GOLD is for those 16 years or over. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 18 months

Four Sections
To gain an Award, participants must complete activities in four Sections for a specified minimum period of time. There is an additional requirement of a Residential Project at Gold Level. Participants decide what they would like to do for each Section.

Service
Participants engage with their community and discover the impact they can have through, community service projects, environmental work, voluntary service in hospitals or community homes, or more specialized training such as lifesaving, first aid or rescue services.

Adventurous Journey
The Adventurous Journey is about adventure and discovery. Participants develop an understanding of the environment, and the importance of working together in a team with a common purpose. Training, preparation, self sufficiency and self-reliance are the key elements.

Skills
The Skills Section is about developing personal interests and learning practical skills. There are almost limitless possibilities to choose from. There is no set standard that participants must reach: they set their own goals and measure their progress against them.

Physical Recreation
By undertaking some form of organised and regular physical activity, participants show perseverance and improve their fitness. Their goal is to record their individual progress. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, and archery.

Residential Project
This is only a requirement at Gold Level. It aims to broaden experience through living and working with others (who are not everyday companions). The project takes place over a period of five consecutive days. It requires resilience, adaptability and consideration for others.

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