The International Award for Young People, also known as The Duke of Edinburgh (commonly abbreviated DofE), is a program that provides an environment of social interaction and team work. It is a voluntary, non-competitive, balanced, enjoyable and flexible program of cultural and adventurous activities. Duke of Edinburgh award was first announced in February 1956.
The goal of this program is to enable every young person of every background to succeed, regardless of any barriers. By taking part in this program, an individual builds confidence and self-belief. The program offers activities that helps in attaining skills like leadership, perseverance, team work, and communication. One should be aged between 14 and 24 to participate in this adventurous program. The program is conducted at three levels and the winners will be rewarded with Bronze, Silver, and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Featured imageaward. The award recognizes adolescents for completing a series of self-improvement exercises.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, a separate entity, promotes the program on an international scale and coordinates award sponsors in other nations. This Association is made up of 69 national Award bodies and 350 Independent Award Centers (IACs) in more than 140 countries and territories. Every day, more than 1500 people start their Duke of Edinburgh Journey. According to a recent report, millions of young people, around the world, have participated and received Awards in the past 6 years. Interested candidates register their names with the nearest DofE operator.
Jain International Residential School, one of the best schools in India, is an active participant of the Duke of Edinburgh. Along with the structured curriculum, it also offers the Duke of Edinburgh award as a part ofFeatured image its co-curricular activity program. JIRS finds the DofE award very fascinating; students can choose from a huge number of activities, according to their skills and interests. JIRS constantly takes part in the DofE activities; Students attend and participate in adventure expeditions to the Himalayas, experiencing a positive impact, in terms of their personal development and attitude. The program awards for perseverance and for completing 12 to 18 hours of voluntary, non-competitive, personalized activities. The most exciting section of the Duke of Edinburgh award is the adventure and expedition, including trekking, mountaineering, rappelling, tent pitching, river rafting, and bridge building. All these activities bring spirited enjoyment and diligent devotion amongst students to qualify and graduate with the award. Till today, JIRS has 113 students enrolled for this program, including 50 Bronze Awardees and 63 Silver Awardees. The award benefits JIRS by serving its sole purposes: Students experience increased self-confidence, improved sense of responsibility, and enhanced teamwork and communication skills.