Introduction to the Award
The International Award has been running at Bangkok Patana School since the year 2000. It is more commonly referred to as The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and is now run in over 100 countries and recognised in many more. The Award is a personal development programme for young people aged 14 – 25 and is made up of four sections: Expedition, Physical Recreation, Skills and Service. In each level young people volunteer their time and set themselves a personal challenge. There are 3 levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students start their Bronze in Year 10, Silver in Year 11 and Gold in Years 12 & 13.
At Bronze level, students take part in a trekking expedition but as they move up to Silver and Gold they get a choice between kayaking, mountain biking or trekking. Some of the locations which Patana has taken students on expedition include: climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, trekking in New Zealand, kayaking in Phuket and mountain biking in Khao Yai.
The Award teaches students at Patana to become independent learners, it builds their confidence and challenges them to think for themselves and learn how to be self-sufficient. They work as an individual and as part of a team, and learn what role they play, and how to evaluate and learn from their experiences. It is a valuable opportunity and a great enhancement to their everyday studies.
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