The Duke of Edinburgh's

International Award

The Western International School of Shanghai is proud to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to equip young people for life. Since it was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (husband to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom), over eight million young people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories. Schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, youth organizations such as the Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, young offenders institutions, religious organizations, sports clubs and more all run the Award. WISS is proud to offer the Award to young people aged 14 to 24.

What is Involved?

The Award is voluntary, non-competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires effort over time. There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Young people design their own Award program, set their own goals and record their own progress. They choose a:

  • Service – The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of service to their community.
  • Physical Recreation – The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.
  • Skills activity – The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.
  • Adventurous Journey – The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for, and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment.
In addition to the 4 requirements above, to achieve a Gold Award, students must take part in a residential project. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

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