The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The opportunity to participate in the world's leading youth achievement award is offered at Ranum Efterskole College. 

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award was founded by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, a German educationalist. Both were concerned that young people's development was lacking in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a ''do-it yourself kit in the art of civilised living".

Participating in the Award offers young people formal recognition for their achievements in non-formal educational activities and is seen by many institutions and employers as a valuable development programme that equips young people with practical and social skills.

The structure of the Award programme

There are three levels to the award: Bronze (For those over 14 years - 6 months minimum participation), Silver (For those over 15 years - 12 months minimum participation) and Gold (For those over 16 years - 18 months minimum participation). New learners at Ranum Efterskole College will have the opportunity to begin and complete the Bronze level. Learners coming to the school, who have previously participated in the Award programme can have their points transferred and continue the level in which they are participating.

Each level of the award programme has four sections:

Service: Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.

Physical education: Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance, and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical well-being.

Skills: Enables participants to develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self-confidence and improve their employability.

Adventurous Journey: Young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.

Residential Project (Gold level only): Participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.

Who can participate?

The Award is a programme for all young people aged 14 to 24. It is voluntary, non-competitive and requires sustained effort over time. The Award encourages young people to design their own programme of activities, set their own goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims.

The founding ideas and principles of the Award is in line with Ranum Efterskole College's ethos and mission, and we believe that the combination of a stay at Ranum Efterskole College and the participation in the Award programme is an obvious opportunity to strengthen personal development and gain skills and competencies essential in contemporary society. The framework of Ranum Efterskole College, our extensive curricular, activities and travels to destinations worldwide, form a strong foundation for commencing or continueing this Award programme.

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