The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which has now spread to more than 140 other countries. The award recognises the personal achievements of young adults in community and self-development projects. Any student, from 14 years old, can participate.

It's a fun and rewarding way to learn new skills and how to collaborate with others. Encouraging teamwork, solidarity, physical stamina and awareness: the Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a comprehensive and varied personal development programme that allows everyone to show their full potential.

The program takes place over one to four years and must be completed before the participant's 25th birthday.
The program has three levels of difficulty: bronze (14+), silver (15+) or gold (16+). With the help of adult coaches, participants must select and set goals in the following areas:
  • Volunteering: engaging in or undertaking a project of service to individuals or a community
  • Physical recreation: achieving a performance level in sport, dance, fitness
  • Skills: developing practical skills in an area of personal interest
  • Expedition: planning, organising and carrying out a trip in France or abroad
  • Gold Project (Residential) - for the Gold level: live and work away from home for a minimum of 5 days.

Each DofE level (bronze, silver and gold) requires a minimum amount of participation in each discipline. Within this period, participants must ensure regular involvement and engagement (approximately one hour per week). It is a rewarding and very enriching adventure that our students have the opportunity to take part in.

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