International Awards For Young People

This Award Programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The aim was to motivate young people aged between 14 and 25 years to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood. In 2009, 8 students got the Bronze Award and 7 students got the Silver Award. We have a total of 30 students under this scheme, out of which 7 are working for Bronze, 16 are working for Silver and 7 are working for Gold.

The Award’s concept is one of individual challenge, giving young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community. Those who participate in the Award are expected to follow its requirements in a non-competitive manner with a determination to succeed, either individually or as part of a team. The Award therefore is challenging and is based on self-improvement.

IAYP has three levels of work - Bronze, Silver and Gold. IAYP contains four sections in each level - Skill, Physical Recreation, Expedition and Social Service. In Skill,one can work at reading, stamp collection, coin collection etc. Under Physical Recreation, one can improve themselves in activities like cricket, table tennis, swimming, cycling etc. As Expeditions, one can go for mountaineering, trekking, and other such activities. Apeejay School has always been exemplary in Social Work. The students have taken part in programmes called 'Each one Teach one' in school where they teach underprivileged children. In expedition, the IAYP organizes camping tours to place like Purulia District, Bankura District, Tumling, Jhargram. Expedition is the best part as it is full of adventure. It includes activities like tent pitching, rope knotting, map reading, rock climbing, cooking etc. This year the club plans few new moves towards the Award.

Camp in Gorumara: IAYP organized a camp for the student members of Apeejay School Park Street & Salt Lake at Gorumara Forest, North Bengal. Around 31 participants, including boys and girls, reaped the fruits of this endeavour. With the focus being learning for Sustainability, the students were offered a brilliant opportunity to explore various possibilities while trekking and visiting the villages in the forest area. While they were trained in Zummering (an art to climb difficult Rock faces), tyroline traversing and tying knots and hitches they learnt the habitat and environment status of the place. They were trained to pitch up tents and to explore the forest at night too. Apart from team games and fun learning, they were assigned a full fledged survey on Sustainability. The entire effort was an initiative of the Administrator and Principal, Apeejay Schools who felt a need of direct and proactive involvement of the children in projects which offered a scope for straight exploration. She always harps on the belief that an iota of practice is always better than a ton of knowledge.

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