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  • Duke of Edinburgh

    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 Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips all 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 recognises their achievements consistently.

    Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year 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 in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

     

    Bronze Level Silver level Gold level

    Bronze

    For those over 14 years old.

     

    Silver

    For those over 15 years old.

     

    Gold

    For those over 16 years old.

     

     

     

    Why is The Award particularly significant to AIS students?

    AIS started delivering the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (The Award) in 2013 and since then, many students have taken part and benefitted from achieving the Bronze level.

    The programs delivered in Senior School (International Baccalaureate and QCE) both recognise the importance of learning outside the classroom and value The Award as a mean to achieve this. Students following the QCE program are granted 1 credit towards their diploma if they complete The Award before finishing school (i.e. March of grade 12). This credit is added to the students’ academic results, improving the student’s opportunities of achieving their QCE diploma.

    Students following the IB Diploma program have the opportunity to link The Award to their CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) program, which means that they can complete both programs using the same activities/experiences without doubling up their invested time.

    Whether you are thinking of doing the IB program or the QCE, doing the Award will ultimately improve your chances of being selected by your chosen university. The accomplishment of The Award will certainly set you above the rest of the many students seeking a place in prestigious institutions who have only engaged in academic work. By completing The Award you will be able to demonstrate that you have developed the skills necessary to engage with the wider community, pursue interests outside school and live a more balanced life.
     

    Adventurous Journey Section

    This Section of The Award 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.

    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.

     

    I hope you think of The Award as an opportunity to explore your areas of interest and demonstrate how you can contribute your talents and skills to the wider community.

     

    Do you want to know more about The Award? Ask Miss Paola and take a look at the following website  http://www.intaward.org/

     

    Miss Paola Molteni

    DoE International Award Coordinator

    paola.molteni@ais.ae