Duke of Edinburgh at ISB
What is the Award?
The Duke of Edinburghs's (DofE) International Award is the world's leading youth achievement award and empowers young people, ages 14 to 24, to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others, by exploring their potential, taking on new challenges, giving back to their community, and achieving success. It provides the opportunity to set goals and achieve results in fun and challenging ways. The Award is accessible to all youth, regardless of socioeconomic status, ability, ethnicity, or gender.
History of DofE @ ISB
The program was adopted and developed at ISB by a small group of 5 teachers who believed that the program fundamentally supported the holistic and functionality development of the students at ISB. It further supported the many aspects that students are involved in, by giving them an opportunity to be credited and recognized by the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, an international organization, for the effort and commitment that our students naturally demonstrate for their extracurricular activities at ISB.
- 2012-13 academic year there were 50 Bronze candidates enrolled
- 2013-14 academic year there were 42 Bronze and 37 Silver candidates enrolled
- 2014-15 academic year there were 17 Bronze, 16 Bronze and 11 Gold candidates enrolled
- 2015-16 academic year there were 30 Bronze, 5 Silver and 18 Gold candidates enrolled
As well as completing activities in the secions of Service, Skills, and Physical Recreation, students also take part in an 'Adventurous Journey' which involves a team expedition and encourages a sense of adventure. ISB students have been to a variety of locations during the last few years, for example, trekking/backpacking around the Miyun area, other mountainous areas of Beijing, and to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia; cycling on the Wall and around Qiandao Lake (east of Shanghai); kayaking on the Red River near Nanning; and sea kayaking on Hainan Island near Sanya.
What will it mean for my child?
Students committing to the DofE International Award program at ISB will be included in the Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO) program during the year and will be able to complete their 'Adventurous Journey' during the ELO week, held each June. Students work with their DofE leader to set their goals, monitor their progress, record their advancement and take a larger role in planning certain elements of the 'Adventurous Journey'. The participants will find that many parts of the International Award complement what they may already be doing at ISB. Students who are already active in service, sport, or in learning new skills will find it easier to achieve the requirements of the program, though any dedicated student can be successful.
What will my teen get from the Award?
- Increased self-confidence and motivation;
- The ability to set and achieve goals;
- Meaningful and personal experiences in learning, exercise, service and adventure.
Is ISB qualified to deliver this Award?
ISB has been a licensed Award Center since 2013-14. Currently, all Award assessors and leaders have been through the Award Certificate Training (ACT) and Supervisors and Assessors Training (SAT) workshops and training that the DofE require (a minimum of 2 at each license center) as part of the license agreement.