International Awards

SISQ is an authorised centre for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. We are proud to be working with 10 Bronze participants this year who all completed their Adventurous Journeys in Zekreet in January 2020.

Thanks to GulfCar for kindly donating two 4x4 vehicles to support our students on their Practice and Final Journeys into Zekreet.


What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement Award and equips young people for life in over 140 countries and territories across the globe.

The Award is available to all young people aged 14-24. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently. The Award encourages young people to design their own programme of activities, set their own goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims.

Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development. You can find out more here


What is involved?

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

The 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
  • Gold: for those over 16 years. 18 months minimum participation

The four sections of the Award:

  • Service: Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.
  • Physical Recreation: Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical wellbeing.
  • 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.


Latest News:

FEBRUARY 2020: As our first ever International Award recipient, Selena received her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh International Award Certificate and badge. She has worked consistently hard over the past 12 months to complete all elements and requirements, including her camping trips to Zekreet. Congratulations, Selena!

JANUARY 2020: Our 9 Bronze International Award participants set off for their final trek and camp in Zekreet. Despite the cold, windy conditions they were buzzing and ready to go! Special thanks to GulfCar for kindly sponsoring two 4x4 vehicles to support our students on their Practice and Final Journeys.

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