The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award
A Toolkit for Life
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a worldwide program designed to promote self-reliance, independence and perseverance for young people aged 14 to 24. Since its founding in 1956, more than one million students from over 140 nations have participated. The Bronze, Silver and Gold programme levels each include the four voluntary tasks and social service in the community, fitness and sports, talents and skills, and expeditions - depending on the degree with a minimum of six to 18 months with at least one hour per week. Because the program develops the soft skills, it is also commonly called a „toolkit for life“.
At the BIS, the The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award has been a permanent, popular component of the extracurricular programme for many years. In 2020 a record number of 24 BIS students could be proud to receive this award (6 x Gold, 9 x Silver, 9 x Bronze).
The Duke of Edinburgh´s International Award promotes personal responsibility, independence and stamina. The holistic nature of the programme has a positive effect on the development of the students.
- Peter Weinig, International Award Coordinator at BIS