What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.
In Grades 7 and 8, students engage in ‘pre-DofE’ activities, which follow the structure, skills and expectations of the Bronze Award at an age-appropriate pace. Grade 9 students undertake the DofE programme which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections to complete at the Bronze level. They involve helping the community and the environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, and training for and completing an expedition.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Through the DofE programme, students have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, independence, problem-solving, teamwork, communication and drive.
Find out more at http://www.dofe.org/