DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD
Billabong High International School is the only school in Maldives to offer Duke of Edinburgh's Award
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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (commonly abbreviated DofE),is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations.
The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises modelled on Kurt Hahn's solution to the "Six Declines of Modern Youth".
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes take between one and four years to complete, and they must be completed by the participant's twenty-fifth birthday. There are around 300,000 participants annually.
Types of activities
The programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
undertaking service to individuals or the community
improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
developing practical and social skills and personal interests
planning, training for, and completion of an adventurous journey
Levels & timescale
To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time, and must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of the chosen activities.
Bronze 3–6 months;
Silver: 6–9 months;
Gold: 12–18 months.
Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme, which is usually at least one hour per week.