The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (commonly abbreviated DofE) http://www.dofe.org
is the name of the youth program, which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The award recognises the work of young people in completing 3 key stages of self-improvement, which are based on Kurt Hahn‘s solution to the “Six Declines of Modern Youth.”
Outside the United Kingdom, Indonesia titles their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award under the name IAYP, International Award for Young People.
2014 was the first year that our students participated in the award, with varying levels of success. It was not easy for many as they failed to understand that the awards are not sprints, they cannot be done in a condensed fashion. Instead they are a marathon and they should take the required time limit. Those students who passed their awards commented on its value. They needed to be organized, to be able to show improvement and progress, they needed to persevere and they needed to understand why they were doing this. The time required for this meant that it was an added requirement and for students studying A level examinations, that was not an easy concept to fathom. However they are now bronze level holders and next year they will be doing their silver level.
NZIS Leadership Award
In 2015 NZIS is looking to initiate for the first time a specific NZIS Leadership Award which will encompass the DOfE / IAYPD Awards, Leadership roles must be obtained through Prefect, House leader, sports captain or class captain positions. Additional roles are ASA leadership, Mentoring roles, Assistance with NZ House and with our Primary and Early Years campus.
The idea is to ensure that our school leavers can show more than academic ability, that they are able to contribute freely to the giving of their time, that they can help lead others positively and can contribute effectively in a team environment.