Duke of Edinburgh Award
“This scheme is intended to help both the young and those people who take an interest in their welfare. It is designed as an introduction to leisure time activities and as a guide to those people and organizations who are concerned about the development of our future citizens”
– H.R.H PRINCE PHILLIP- the Duke of
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation has recently licensed Chrysalis Youth Foundation to run the Award in Nigeria under the brand International Award for Young People Nigeria, In this regard; we are pleased to introduce the Award to you.
Since it was founded by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, over eight million people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories and many millions more have felt the Award’s impact in their communities. The International Award for Young People Nigeria is an integral part of the global Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award which will provide the young participants with a tried and tested framework for delivery of non-formal education and give them an internationally recognised accreditation of their experiences.
The Award is earned in three levels:
- - Bronze: for those 14 or older.
- - Silver: for those 15 and older.
- - Gold: for those 16 and older.
Structure and Organisation
There are four sections. To gain an Award, all four sections must be tackled for the specified minimum period of time. The four sections are as follows:
Aim: To encourage the discovery and development of personal interest and social/practical skills. Participants may choose one of over 200 activities required to show perseverance and progress. The time to be spent on this section depends on the Award for which the participant is working. At Bronze it is 6 months, Silver, 12 months and Gold, 18 months. Examples include; Agriculture, Drama, Music, Arts & Crafts, ICT, Cooking, Printing, etc.
Proposed activity: The school’s wider curricular programme can adequately cover this aspect of the scheme. Hence, a participant has to duly sign up to any relevant activity.
Aim: To encourage improved performance and physical fitness. Participants are required to take part in some form of organised physical recreation and show individual progress.
Proposed activity: Most team and individual sports are included such as football, athletics, swimming, and canoeing. Other physical activities include dancing, Yoga etc. Also, this area can be covered by a relevant wider curricular activity.
Aim: To encourage service to others. Participants choose one form of service and undertake training and/or give practical service to others. Examples are Community Service, Child care/orphanage work, First Aid, Environmental issues, Care for old/sick/disabled, Police service/Fire service, Conservation, etc.
Proposed activity: Visiting and helping out in an orphanage with the care of children,
Presentation of gifts, reading to the very young ones, and generally interacting with them twice in a term (two Saturdays to be picked for this). Voluntary donation of clothes, toys, toiletries, books, and food items from participants and Grange School community.
EXPEDITIONS- ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
Aim: To cultivate a spirit of adventure and discovery, an understanding of the environment, and the importance of working together in a team with a common goal.
Participants plan, train for and then undertake a journey in the countryside, either on foot or by cycle. Both theoretical and practical training is required before the qualifying expedition which is undertaken in groups.
At Bronze level, all participants undertake an expedition lasting 2 days with a night away from home in tents, classrooms, or youth hostels.