The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

 

The world’s leading youth achievement award

 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award enables 14-24year olds to learn practical skills that are valuable to their personal and professional development.

History

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly abbreviated DOE), is the generic name for a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh that has since expanded to 140 other countries. The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises modelled on Kurt Hahn‘s solution to the “Six Declines of Modern Youth.”

In the United Kingdom the programme is run by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a royal charter corporation. A separate entity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, promotes the award abroad and acts as a coordinating body for award sponsors in other nations, which are organised into 62 National Award Authorities and a number of Independent Operators. Award sponsors in countries outside the United Kingdom may title their awards Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, though the recognition also operates under a variety of other names in countries without a historic link to the British monarchy, or that have severed such links

The Award framework

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

The three levels are:

Bronze

For those over 14 years old.

Gold

For those over 16 years old.

Silver

For those over 15 years old.

The four sections for each levels are:

Service
The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.
Participants are required to give service (volunteer) over a set period of time that enables them to experience the benefits that their service provides to others.

Examples of Service:

  • First aid
  • Visiting and supporting people in need, such as the elderly, or those with disabilities
  • Volunteering at a hospital or local care home
  • Sports coaching
  • Charity work

 

Time requirements:

  • Bronze – at least 3 months         * Silver – at least 6 months       *Gold – at least 12 months

 

Skills

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

The Skills section provides the opportunity for a participant to either improve on an existing skill, or to try something new. As with the other Sections of the Award, a level of commitment is required over time to progress a skill. It leads to a sense of achievement and well-being, and possibly improved employability through the development of life and vocational skills.

Examples of Skills

  • Music – singing, learning to play an instrument, music event management
  • Sports related – sports officiating, umpiring/refereeing, sports ground maintenance
  • Arts and crafts – ceramics, embroidery, jewellery making, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography
  • Nature and the environment – agriculture, astonomy, bee keeping, conservation, fishing, forestry, gardening
  • Communication – film and video, languages, reading, writing, public speaking, journalism, website development
  • Games – billiards, snooker or pool, chess, darts, backgammon

 

Time requirements

Bronze – At least 3 months

Silver – At least 6 months

Gold – At least 12 months

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.

Encouraging healthy behaviours has benefits, not only for participants but also for their communities, whether through improved health, or active participation in team activities. This Section specifically aims to improve the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of participants.

Examples of Physical Recreation

  • Ball sports – football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, cricket, golf, tennis
  • Athletics – running, jumping, throwing, biathlon, triathlon, decathlon
  • Water sports – canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, diving, kite boarding
  • Winter sports – skiing, snowboarding, curling, bobsleigh, ice hockey
  • Martial arts – karate, judo, kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, kendo
  • Animal sports – horse riding, polo

 

Time requirements

Bronze – At least 3 months
Silver – At least 6 months
Gold – At least 12 months
Adventurous Journey

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

The journey can be an exploration or an expedition but must be a challenge. The aim of this Section is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.

Examples of Adventurous Journeys (explorations and expeditions)

  • Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies
  • Exploring river valleys, plant studies, exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution
  • Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
  • Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe or kayak
  • Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river
  • An extensive sail across an ocean
  • Climbing the Alpine, Himalayan or other montainous peaks
  • Cycling from one end of a country to another

Time requirements

  • Bronze – two days and one night; average of six hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 12 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Silver – three days and two nights; average of seven hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 21 hours of purposeful effort effort in total
  • Gold – four days and three nights; average of eight hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 32 hours of purposeful effort in total

Residential Project

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

Participants have the opportunity to share a purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions and work towards a common goal, set out by the participants themselves. Through the Residential Project participants will meet new people, explore life in an unfamiliar environment, develop new skills and, hopefully, have a life changing experience.

Examples of Residential Projects

  • Residential language courses
  • Youth camp overseas
  • Voluntary work with national parks, youth parliaments, sports coaching
  • Crew member on a tall ship
  • Work for an international charity
  • Restoration projects

Time requirements

The activity should take place over a period of at least four nights and five consecutive days.

Source : http://www.intaward.org/

Why introduce Duke of Edinburgh Award to Stafford Sri Lankan School – Doha ?

  • Participants have the opportunity to share a purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions and work towards a common goal, set out by the participants themselves. Through the Residential Project participants will meet new people, explore life in an unfamiliar environment, develop new skills and, hopefully, have a life changing experience.
  • Examples of Residential Projects
  • Residential language courses
  • Youth camp overseas
  • Voluntary work with national parks, youth parliaments, sports coaching
  • Crew member on a tall ship
  • Work for an international charity
  • Restoration projects
  • Time requirements
  • The activity should take place over a period of at least four nights and five consecutive days.

http://www.dofe.org/go/why/

Our region – Gulf

The Award in Qatar is delivered by the licensed organisations, known as Independent Award Centres (IACs), listed below.

· Al Khor International School, Al Khor

· Doha British School, Doha

· Doha College, Doha

· Dukhan English School, Dukhan

· Park House English School, Doha

· Qatar International School, Doha

· Sherborne Qatar, Doha

Contact Details

Dale Esau | IAC Operations Officer – Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States | The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

T +357-99-865440 | dale.esau@intaward.org | www.intaward.org | Skype dale.esau.iaf

To start the award

  1. Inquire the interest of students(14 and above) and parents – via meeting, mail, facebook.
  2. Support from management –
    *Staff and volunteers – atleast 2 trained award leaders , 2 trained adventurous journey supervisors. Volunteers- parents

    • Award coordinator, assessors
  3. Finances –
    • Cost of licensing – 4,500 QR
    • Cost of training – depends on the location
    • Cost per child 60 Riyals to start bronze.
  4. Apply for IAC- sign and send scan copy of agreement.
  5. Other – number of students participating, is it going to be a part of the school curriculum, time allocated , training sessions..

To read more details about SSLSD – DofE International Award click here