The South Eastern Education and Library Board is recognised as an operating authority for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Northern Ireland. The Award is a challenging programme of leisure time activities which will help young people to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure and great sense of achievement. The Award is offered at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. If you would like to do the Award, ring the South Eastern Education & Library Board Youth Service on 028 9056 6938, or alteratively you can find information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Regional Website or National Site.
Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
The South Eastern Education and Library Board is a Licensed Operating Authority for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Northern Ireland. The Award is Personal Development programme for Young People between the ages of 14-25 years. There are three levels of Award, Bronze, Silver and Gold, participants are require to successfully complete four sections, Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and an Expedition, within each level to gain an award. A fifth section is required at Gold level only, a Residential. The programme aims to assist Young People’s development by introducing and developing new skills, encouraging teamwork and assisting others through a range of enjoyable activities chosen by the individual.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Mission
To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.
The Guiding Principles of the Programme:
A DofE programme is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Every participant’s programme is tailor-made to reflect their individual starting point, abilities and interests.
Achievable by all
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is achievable by any young person who chooses to take up its challenge, regardless of ability, gender, background or location.
Whilst DofE programmes may be offered within school, college, work time, custody or extra-curricular activity, young people choose to do a programme and commit some of their free time to undertake their activities.
A DofE programme inspires personal and social development. The value to young people is dependent on personal commitment, the learning process and the quality of the experience.
Young people design their own programme, which can be tailored to suit their personal circumstances, choices and local provision. They start at whichever level suits them best and they can take as long as they wish (within the age limits) to achieve an Award.
Our aim is to ensure that participants experience development of the whole person; mind, body and soul. By undertaking activities focusing on at least four different aspects of development, young people complete a balanced and wide-ranging programme.
At each level of engagement, a DofE programme demands progressively more time, commitment and responsibility from the participant.
Before starting an activity, young people are encouraged to set their own challenging goals. If they aim for these goals and show improvement they will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
A DofE programme demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed with a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants are encouraged to continue with activities and to maintain their interest beyond their programme requirements.
Young people and Leaders should find participation enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.
For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award visit their website at www.dofe.org or the Northern Ireland page at www.dofe.org/northernireland or alternatively you contact the Officer responsible for the Award in the SEELB at Ardnabannon OEC. (see Outdoor Education Centres for contact details).
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