MIS is delighted to have been certified to deliver the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE).
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE)
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was established in 1956 by Prince Philip, the husband of the Queen. The award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. In 2015 more than 1.1 million young people around the world took part in the Award in more than 140 countries and territories. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognized worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.
The scheme is designed for youngsters to learn a wealth of new skills, such as self-reliance, teamwork and leadership, whilst having fun. The DofE also encourages students to push themselves physically, help others and explore new territories. Youngsters aged from 14-24 challenge themselves, contribute to the country and society.
MIS strongly believes in inspiring our students to become independent, resourceful and resilient young adults. We should be eager to take on a challenge, be able to accept and manage risk whilst at the same time recognise our own strengths and weaknesses. The Duke of Edinburgh Award does just that.
MIS offers DoE in three stages
DofE has three different levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. It is a personal challenge available to students aged 14 and above and it requires students to commit some of their own time to undertake their selected activities. Each level of the award has five sections to complete, Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential.
MIS Arbor Day, 2021
Participants volunteer in their community, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.
MIS Swimming Course
Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical wellbeing.
MIS D&T Course
Enables participants to develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self‐confidence and improve their employability.
MIS Chanllenge week, 2019
Young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.
MIS Boarding Life
Participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.
Enhancing our Young Learners portfolios
Here are ten reasons to choose DofE, and why the award is worthwhile. Quotes from a DofE Gold Awardee.
For the skills section, you can virtually do anything, from learning how to bake to completing a sign language course. It’s completely up to you. Learning a new skill is both challenging and rewarding. It can also open new doors such as possible career opportunities. For example, for my Silver DofE Award, I learnt psychology. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m now considering taking it to an A level. Along with future career opportunities, it’s also very rewarding learning a new skill, and it could motivate you to go further in life.
Although running around and getting sweaty might not be your thing, there are many other ways to complete the physical aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
It’s important to get fit not only to be able to finish the expedition, but studies have also shown that people who do some physical activity lead a happier healthier longer life, which makes the sweat and effort worthwhile!
For my Silver DofE Award, I chose running. At first, it was a big effort, but I soon got into the routine of attending my local Park Run every Saturday morning. It sets me up for the day, and I am now hooked!
Give something back
Give something back to the community or the environment and make a difference. That’s what volunteering is all about. There’s no better feeling than helping others. Volunteering gives you the chance to gain experience in a working environment, test out a possible career, develop new skills, or build on existing ones. Communication, confidence, or building self-esteem are just some of the skills learnt from volunteering. For my Bronze DofE I volunteered at my local cat rescue shelter, it was a great feeling each week knowing I was helping cats to have a better life.
DofE requires dedication and commitment. People depend on you in all areas, from turning up on your volunteering shift, to the importance of team work on your expedition. If you take DofE, you are gaining valuable life skills.
Make new friends
DofE is an excellent way to meet new people and make new friends.
Working together in the wilderness on your expedition forms new bonds and great memories. Through volunteering, you meet many different people in a working environment, which prepares you for the working world.
Enhance your CV
Finding employment is difficult. There is so much competition for one job. Having the DofE Award on your CV might just give you the edge over other applicants. Employers highly respect the Award. It demonstrates a rounded, confident individual who can work independently and as part of a team. The award will give you an extra step ahead for the chance of success.
On an expedition, you have to carry your rucksack, navigate to a certain point, and take responsibility for your cooking, water and most importantly: yourself. Independence is a great life skill to achieve.
Working as a team is an important part of DofE. Navigating, pitching a tent and looking after each other all involve working together as a team. On my Bronze Expedition teamwork was vital when a member of the group was poorly. Working together ensured everyone was safe and a satisfactory outcome for all involved.
Explore somewhere new
My favourite section of the award is the expedition section. It’s a chance to do something different, learn to be an explorer! It’s so easy to sit on the sofa and not venture far, but DofE motivates you to get outside. You get to sleep under the stars, witness incredible scenery and natural landforms, which you don’t get to see sitting at home! On my silver DofE, we wild camped. I loved it; waking up next to a beautiful lake was fantastic and very memorable.
Completing your DofE Award is a great attainment, with a self-satisfying “I did it!” Although the award requires a lot of effort, time and dedication, it’s well worth it. That feeling when you finally take off your walking boots and realise you have completed your challenge is immense.
If you’ve got the chance to do a DofE Award, then go for it!!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE)