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The Duke of Edinburgh International Award at Baleares International College

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to equip young people for life.

From January 2021 Baleares International College has started to offer The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. As a school, we have launched our participation in this highly regarded award scheme to provide our students with an avenue of self improvement and development. The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is designed to enrich the lives of young people, open their eyes to a life of service to the community and the joys of nature. As a school we want to offer this in order to enrich our curriculum and further develop the moral fibre of our students.

The scheme is open to all young people between 14 and 25 years of age. Over 7 million young people worldwide have taken up the award challenge since it began in 1956 and the award is presently operating in 130 countries. The award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own award programme, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

The award is broken down into three levels:

  • BRONZE is for those over 14. The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 6 months.

  • SILVER is for those over 15. The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 12 months.

  • GOLD is for those over 16. The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 18 months.

Initially we will begin at bronze level but hopefully as the award grows, we will expand to silver level. The bronze award would normally be open to Year 10 and the silver award to Year 12. To achieve the bronze award, students must complete four different strands which enables a balanced self development program that covers:

  • VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Participants help their community and discover the impact they can have, through for example: community service projects, conservation work and voluntary service in hospitals or community homes.

  • ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY

The adventurous journey is about adventure and discovery. The journey can be on foot, by bike, boat or on horseback and involves camping overnight, cooking outdoors and usually takes place in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Training, preparation, self sufficiency and self-reliance are the key elements.

  • SKILLS

The skills section is about developing personal interests and learning something new. There are almost limitless possibilities to choose from and participants set their own goals and measure their progress against them.

  • PHYSICAL RECREATION

By undertaking an organised and regular physical activity, participants show perseverance and improve their fitness. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, and archery. Students will be expected to give a minimum of one hour per week for each section of the award for the minimum period stated. In addition, they will have to attend a weekly meeting with the award leaders and, of course, they will need to participate in adventurous journey training trips and final expeditions.

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DO THE AWARD:

  • discover what they are made of

  • make an impact on their community

  • become responsible, mature, independent and successful young people

  • have fun and adventure and acquire lifelong memories

  • gain an award which is highly respected and valued by universities and employers around the world

As a school we are providing the framework and continual support needed for each participant to succeed in achieving the required standards. This means encouragement, logistics, facilitating and inspiration. Each student will take a different path towards achieving the bronze award and every student will be able to tailor this towards their own interests and passions.

To those students who wish to take part - a lifetime of wonder, fulfillment and enrichment awaits.

To find out more about the award, please visit the official website of the programme at www.intaward.org.

Alan Sparks - alan.sparks@balearesint.net

DofE Award Coordinator

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