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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Award Philosophy

The Award is an enriching program that invites young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time.
The Award is about individual challenge, variety of activity, duration, support and team work and recognition. As every individual is different, so too are the challenges that young people undertake to achieve their Award. With guidance from their Award Leader, activity Assessor or other Award volunteers, each young person is encouraged to look at themselves, their interests, abilities, and ambitions, then set themselves challenges in the four different Sections of the Award (Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, participants

·         Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best;

·         Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices;

·         Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community;

·         Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement;

·         Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success;

·         Learn important life skills; and

·         Increase their career opportunities.

The Fundamentals of the Award

·         Regular participation in activities is required to meet the time requirements of each Award Section and Level.

·         Focuses on capacity building by encouraging all participants to make independent decisions and to negotiate priorities through participation.

·         Provides a framework that works with all young people in any conceivable situation.

·         Assists with the provision of social infrastructure in the community and draws together and connects people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion.

There are three levels to the award




Physical Recreation

Adventurous Journey

Residential Project


3 months

3 months

3 months

2 days/1 night


Averaging at least 1 hour per week. Plus additional 3 months for a Major Section-

Service, skill or Physical Recreation


6 months

6 months

6 months

3 days/2 nights


Averaging at least 1hr per week. Plus additional 6 months for a Major Section

if Bronze Award not completed


12 months

12 months

12 months

4 days/3 nights

5 days/4 nights

Averaging at least 1hour per week. Plus additional 6 months for a Major Section

if Silver Award not completed


Compulsory Sections of the Award


The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community. To connect with your community and give service to others and their communities.

This could be through any area of interest in the community, such as youth work, the environment or charity work.


The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

Anything from refereeing, to Djing, to learning a musical instrument, to jewellery making. Do your thing.

Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health, wellbeing and fitness.

This could be trough a team sport, individual pursuit or simply getting out there and working up a sweat.

Adventurous Journey

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition.

A journey into an unfamiliar environment with a group– staying overnight and testing your resilience.

Residential Project (Gold only)

The Residential Project, completed only at Gold level, aims to broaden Participants’ horizons through involvement with others in a residential setting.


2016 The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia