The Duke of Edinburghs Award: the wings to success
2014年06月06日 09:40

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the generic name for a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 140 other countries. The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises modelled on German educator Kurt Hahn's solution to the "Six Declines of Modern Youth." The Duke of Edinburgh's Award programmes take between one to four years to complete. The programmes are at held three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

With assistance from adult leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:

• Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.

• Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

• Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

• Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey.

At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

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. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants: Bronze takes 3–6 months; Silver takes 6–9 months, and Gold takes12–18 months. Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the Award for the duration of their DofE programme.

Oxford International College of Changzhou is an authorized centers to run DofE programmes, and the school students all benefit strongly from the activities. They develop sport skills, teamwork spirit, leadership skills, strong wills and much more, which are all in line with the holistic education advocated at Oxford international college.

source: CZOIC

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