What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a challenging programme of activities which enables young people to learn new skills, help others, and experience adventure, and will give a great sense of achievement. Many organisations, such as employers and universities take a very positive view of young people who have achieved it.
The programme is based on ten guiding principles, which are:
• Non competitive – a personal challenge – not a competition
• Achievable by all – regardless of ability, gender, background or location
• Voluntary – young people choose to undertake a programme and commit some of their free time to it
• Personal Development – commitment and achievement inspires personal and social development
• Personalised – young people design their own programme, setting their own goals
• Balanced – challenges young people in different aspects
• Progressive – each level requires greater time, commitment and responsibility
• Achievement focused – young people set their own challenging goals to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
• Demand commitment – persistence and commitment must be demonstrated with participants encouraged to continue beyond the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
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