The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an adaptable programme geared towards developing essential life skills in young people. Launched in 1956 in the UK, the Award is now run in over 130 countries, and in Pakistan, over 12,000 young people have benefited from its inspirational activities since 1987. In 2020, twenty-two Newlanders achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards.
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The Award recognises individual achievements outside of the classroom and encourages participants to challenge themselves and focus on their personal development.
How we prepare our students
- At Beaconhouse Newlands, our students work around the year to pursue and record their activities in these four areas.
- Unit Leaders on campus verify these activities.
- On the completion of verification, students receive their medallions and certificates from the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s representatives in Pakistan.
Key facts about the programme
There are three levels of the Award in which you can participate – Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each successive level demanding increased commitment.
- BRONZE— for those over 14. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 6 months;
- SILVER — for those over 15. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 12 months;
- GOLD — for those over 16. The minimum period of participation to gain this Award is 18 months.
You do not have to start at the Bronze level. If you are over 15 you can join directly at the Silver level or if you are over 16, directly at Gold. You will complete silver in 6 months if you have Bronze and may take one year for Gold if you are a silver holder.
Sections of the Award Programme
The personalised nature of the Award allows participants to set goals and challenges according to their own interests and abilities. The Award is achieved through consistent participation in the four components over a period of time, whilst demonstrating commitment and improvement in each undertaking.