Eight Doha College students were recently recognised for their outstanding completion of the prestigious gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award – a globally recognised programme that helps develop young people for life and work.

The programme allows students to experience new and different skills and opportunities, as well as challenges to build life skills and qualities such as confidence, teamwork, patience and commitment.

Achieving the gold award takes huge levels of dedication from students. They must complete over 1,200 hours of purposeful activity, including 400 hours of physical recreation, skilled work and service, as well as 32 days of residential projects and a six-day expedition. Due to the intense commitment of the scheme, many students continue their award after school, and only eight students managed to succeed in completing the remarkable undertaking before graduating from Doha College.

Doha College volunteer programme

Students completed their physical and skill components through a variety of activities that allowed them to experience life at a ‘different’ level. For their service element, the students were able to serve the local community under a volunteer programme with various organisations – the Hamad General Hospital, the Doha College Primary School, a local compound maintenance team, and Evolution Sports.

To complete the residential project requirement, students eagerly participated in an array of fascinating activities including a sports skills development course in the UK, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a theatre group, visiting schools in Uganda under the project Develop with Dignity, and staying with a Spanish teacher and her family in Barcelona.

The students’ lives are indeed made more meaningful under the programme, enhancing their ’employability’ and setting out their advantage early on in the future.

To find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Doha College, visit dohacollege.com.