The International Award for Young People Nigeria (also referred to as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award) is a self-development program that brings together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens. The Award is available to all young people between the ages of 14-24 years old and operates in over 130 countries worldwide.
The Award is earned in three progressive levels:
• Bronze: For those 14 years or older (after participating for at least six months).
• Silver: For those 15 years and older (after participating for at least twelve months).
• Gold: For those 16 years and older (after participating for at least eighteen months).
The Award is achievable at any level by undertaking activities under 4 sections: Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey with an additional requirement: Residential Project at Gold level.
Skills: The aim of this section is to encourage the development of personal interests, hobbies, creativity or practical skills such as painting, craft work, fashion designing, music etc.
Service: The service section aims to encourage giving useful service to others and to imbibe the culture of giving back by doing voluntary and charitable activities. Examples include: first Aid, environmental sanitation, care for the physically challenged, elderly, sick or visit to orphanages etc.
Voluntary Service: The service section aims to encourage giving useful voluntary service to others and their communities. Examples include First Aid, environmental sanitation, care for the physically challenged, elderly, sick or visit orphanages, etc.
Physical Recreation: Participation in physical recreation helps to improve performance, health, and fitness. Examples include jogging, basketball, badminton, weight-lifting, etc.
Adventurous journey: The aim of this section is to encourage a sense of adventure and self-discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group. It involves a camping trip taken to cultivate good teamwork habits, self-confidence, appreciation of nature, enhancement of problem-solving skills and it also helps create new friendships. Examples are bushwalking, hiking, cycling across a state or town, canoeing, etc.
Residential Project: This section aims to broaden young people’s experiences through living and working with others in a residential setting. This is undertaken only at the Gold level and it provides participants with the opportunity to share a purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions and work towards a common goal, set out by the participants themselves. Examples are: residential language courses, environment and conservation projects, skill development, providing service to other people and communities etc
For more information and enquiries kindly contact The Award Leader on email@example.com
Or visit The Award’s website on www.intaward.org.ng