Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched in 1956 with the aim of enriching and fostering participants' personal and social development. The programme is organised according to three levels of achievement: bronze, silver, and gold. Participation is voluntary, on a non-competitive basis, in the realm of cultural, practical and social services and activities, with an emphasis on adventure and the outdoors. Students explore existing, or develop new interests while completing their award level. Some examples include piano lessons, football training, chess, gardening, tutoring, cooking, etc.
From the age of 14 onwards students at the Berlin British School are encouraged to participate and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The award offers individual challenges to our students by encouraging them to undertake a range of activities in which they might not normally participate in daily life.
The Duke of Edinburgh promotes the personal and social development of participants by providing opportunities and incentives to engage with their communities, explore nature and acquire valued skills such as adaptability, problem-solving, time management, and the ability to accept and learn from criticism.
Most importantly, our impressions and appreciation of nature will not fade and will stay in our minds for years to come. We will have more of an eye for the vegetation around us and the landscapes that will surround us.
Overall, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will never be replaced or forgotten. The newfound sense of friendship and community, as well as the skills we have developed, are printed in our brains. This would not have been possible without the Duke of Edinburgh programme and from the whole team we would like to thank everyone who made this possible, our teachers/guardians, BBS, the Duke himself, and the staff at the DofE foundation.