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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award following the motto: "There is more in you than you think".

Young people in over 130 countries participate in the award and its reputation with employers, policy makers and leaders in society is unique. The award aims at supporting young people’s personal development and encourages them to design their own program of activities, set personal goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims. It is voluntary, non-competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires sustained effort over time.

The Phorms Secondary School Berlin Mitte is launching the DofE Award Program this school year 2020/21 for the first time and 20 Phorms students in Year 9 and 10 have signed up for the Bronze Award. This should only be the kickoff for further upcoming and successful DofE Award efforts. Within this award there are four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Participants will set their own goals and undertake an activity for each section of the award. Each participant is required to dedicate one hour per week to each activity over a period of 3 months, and to document their activities in a record book. In addition, participants will plan, train for and undertake a two-day (one night) expedition (as well as a practice expedition in a similar setting). The responsibility for planning, navigating, setting up camp and cooking themselves a wholesome meal lies with the young people themselves.

This is an exciting new venture for our students and we wish them success with their Bronze Award this year.