The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world‘s leading youth development programme. The Award Programme Foundation runs The International Award for Young People (IAYP) in India to promote the Award, provide young people with the Award Programme, and preserve the quality of the Award.
The Award Programme is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and skills to create committed global citizens and equipping young people for life.
Our vision is to engage young people from diverse backgrounds; equip them with life skills; empower them to succeed in life and Reward their achievements.
The International Award for Young people (IAYP) is the most adaptable and successful youth empowerment program. We have no religious, political or strategic affiliations. We have an established capacity for identifying hard issues and challenges associated with youth. Our framework is used by schools, youth organisations, community groups, correctional services, employers and government departments nationwide. Around the world, more than 140 countries use this model for positive youth empowerment. We draw together and connect people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion. IAYP is the programme of choice for over 11 million people in the world today.
Philosophy of the Award
The Award Programme is not just another youth organization; there is no uniform, no stirring anthem and no, it is not going to strain your already stretched time schedule! It is simply a satisfying use of leisure time to acquire new skills, experience adventure and make new friends, young and oldy.
The Programme is non-competitive and anyone with perseverance and enterprise, including the disabled, can earn an Award. Young people choose activities that are appropriate to their environment and best suited to their own personal interests and talents. For adults, the Programme provides an opportunity to help by sharing their individual skills and experience with young people.
Today, leisure is often seen as a ‘Spectator’ time sitting unthinking in front of a TV screen, or listening to music on the I-Pod. In those more simple earlier times, leisure was a time of doing. The Award programme addressed unplanned leisure time, (so easily misdirected), to be used in exciting ways. It addressed holistic development and growth. It is empathetically not a children’s programme. The founders were very clear that this is dissembled to all. The 4 sections, which appear so simple, are carefully thought out. They add value and challenge the body, spirit and mind. They also reflect adult choice of leisure activity.
With its emphasis on both individual sport and team games is designed to build the sinews as well as team spirit. Learning to function together with other to build a team is an invaluable art. Sailors would describe this as learning to sink or swim together!
Did you never wish you had learnt to paint? Or sing? Or open up a car engine? Well here was an opportunity to learn something new. Not in competition, but just for the sheer pleasure of it. The creative instinct in all of us lies dormant, but is easily awakened.
“No man is an Island” said a 14th century poet. We know this to be still as true. Encouraging young people to get involved with the community in which they live was an imperative. Do we teach young people to eternally blame someone else? Or shall we get down to doing what we see needs doing?
Every young person thrills to this section. Away from the restrictions of parents – doing and daring. How wonderful to accomplish something you never thought you could do!
The levels of the Award ensured perseverance – that they were not a mere flash in the pan! Anyone can undertake a one-of activity. But sticking with the job, spending time to understand it and to pick up the finer nuances, calls for perseverance. That is not a quality that comes naturally to the impatience of youth, and yes, we all understand how valuable a trait it is.
The International Award for Young People was introduced in India in the year 1962 with the view to encourage young people to improve their moral, social and intellectual skills.
Having made a modest beginning in 1962 with only 500 participants a year, today it has grown to 12000 participants per year.
The award in India is implemented through Open Award Centres (OAC), which are referred to as youth engaging in society (YES) centres.
The Laidlaw Memorial School has registered with the IAYP programme to encourage our students to find who they really are, in the end of the 2017 and implemented it from the academic year 2018-2019. In order to make ourselves aware of IAYP and its activities we had Mr. Bivujit Mukhoty come down to us on the 16th and 17th of March, 2018 for YES Training Programme. Mr.Mukhoty briefed the team of mentors in our school in details about each tutor of the programme which were service, skills, adventure and physical recreation. The group of mentors in our school consists of Mrs. Clover Everett. Mr.Ramesh.R, Mr. Nandakumar, and Mr. S. Anand Kanagaraj, Mr.Ianom Bareh Nongrum, R.Vasu, Mrs. K.N.B. Rajeswari, Mrs. Anu Davey in our school students of standard X are enrolled under the Bronze level for the IAYP programme. The Bronze level of this programme enables only 14 years to register and serve the society for 6 months.
In the forthcoming years we encourage more students to register in the silver and gold levels which need a minimum of 12 to 18 months to complete.