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What is The Duke of Edinburgh International Award (IA)?

The International Award is a non-formal education and learning framework operating in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, through which young people’s achievements outside of academia are recognised and celebrated. Participating in the award brings many advantages such as empowering youth to discover themselves, enhancing self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence and achieving personal goals in activities that they want to experience and develop. The IA is offered to students at Jebel Ali School from year 10 upwards.

How Does The IA Benefit our Students?

The Award encourages young people to learn new skills, get physically active, volunteer within their communities and discover a sense of adventure outside the classroom.

  • It offers young people a life-changing experience.

  • A fun time with friends.

  • An opportunity to discover new interests and talents.

  • A tool to develop essential skills for life and work.

  • A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

  • Opportunities that help them unlock their potential and be ready for their world, whatever that world may be.

How can JAS Students get involved?

Using the Award framework and with the support of adult volunteers, young people develop their own bespoke programme, as they work towards achieving the internationally recognised Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

The Award

Participants can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The award consists of 4 sections; voluntary service, physical recreation, skills and finally an adventurous journey. Gold Award participants will also need to complete a residential project. The students will be able to complete these sections through opportunities in school or they can seek experiences outside of school. Participants can build upon their existing skill set or may discover new skills by taking the opportunity to try something new.

The participants all complete training to prepare them for a practice and qualifying Adventurous Journey. At Bronze Award level students will be hiking for 2 days with 1 overnight camp and this increases to 3 days and 2 overnights for Silver Award. Students taking part in the Gold Award with complete a 4 day expedition. As you can see below, we currently hike in the deserts or wadis in the UAE but we are looking to offer international experiences in the future.










Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. The award is recognised by employers, colleges and Universities worldwide, and many people have found that it gives them a leading edge when applying for
jobs and courses in the future. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

This award is open to everyone aged 14 – 24 years and is fully inclusive, it is non-competitive and non-academic which means that there are no barriers to entry so all students will be encouraged to take part. We hope that you will support us in this journey and encourage your children to achieve something amazing which will not only prepare them for the future but also give them skills that will last a lifetime.

For more information on the International Award please visit

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