Day Waterman College is proud to deliver The International Award for Young People, Nigeria at three levels. Each successive level requires a greater degree of commitment.
The International Award for Young People Nigeria (also referred to as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award) is a self-development program that brings together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens. The Award is available to all young people between the ages of 14-24 years old and operates in over 140 countries worldwide.
The Award is earned in three progressive levels:
Bronze: for those 14 years or older (after participating for at least six months).
Silver: for those 15 years and older (after participating for at least twelve months).
Gold: for those 16 years and older (after participating for at least eighteen months).
The Award is achievable at any level by undertaking activities under 4 sections: Skills, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey with an additional requirement: Residential Project at Gold level.
Skills: The aim of this section is to encourage the development of personal interests, hobbies, creativity or practical skills such as Painting, Craft work, Fashion designing, Music etc.
Service: The service section aims to encourage giving useful service to others and to imbibe the culture of giving back by doing voluntary and charitable activities. Examples include: First Aid, environmental sanitation, care for the physically challenged, elderly, sick or visit to orphanages etc.
Physical Recreation: Participation in physical recreation to help improve performance, health, fitness, balance, endurance and discipline. Examples include: Jogging, Basketball, Badminton, Weight-lifting etc.
Adventurous journey: The aim of this section is to encourage the spirit of adventure and discovery while undertaking a journey in a group. It involves a camping trip taken to cultivate good teamwork habits, self-confidence, appreciation of nature, enhancement of problem solving skills and it also helps create new friendships. Examples are: Bush walking, Hiking, cycling across a state or town, canoeing etc.
Residential Project: This section aims to broaden young people’s experiences through involvement with others in a residential setting. This is undertaken only at Gold level and it provides participants with the opportunity to share a purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions and work towards a common goal, set out by the participants themselves. Examples are: residential language courses, environment and conservation projects, skill development, providing service to other people and communities etc