Over 100 Doha College students have been honoured in a celebratory ceremony, having successfully completed their bronze and silver stages of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The International Award is a self-developmental programme available to all young people worldwide, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world.
To receive their certificate, students completed over 7,200 hours of purposeful activity; including over 2,100 hours of community service, over 2,700 hours of physical recreation, and over 2,400 hours perfecting a skill.
For the physical recreation requirement, students participated in sports or other physical activities that focused on the improvement of health and fitness. For the service activity, students dedicated their time to benefit the community surrounding them in various ways including volunteering at a centre for people with disabilities, working with environmental clubs, participating in peer tutoring or helping in the library. The skill requirement encourages the development of personal interests as well as practical and social skills. This ranged from learning a language or a musical instrument, cooking, scuba diving, drama and theatre, art and calligraphy, to pursuits such as political studies and Model United Nations.
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal at Doha College, expresses his delight at the achievements of students:
We are exceedingly proud of our DofE cohort and the pride and sincerity with which they are approaching the various activities. As the Countess of Wessex noted during her visit in 2015: “The DofE programme at Doha College is not only phenomenal in size, it is just as impressive in what it achieves and adds to the lives of Doha College students.” The spirit of the DofE Award, which is to engage young people in purposeful activities designed to broaden their skill set beyond the classroom, build confidence and leadership, and serve the community, is being promoted and upheld by the entire Doha College community, so much so that it helps strengthen our bond from within.’
To find out more about the way Doha College runs the programme, which is highly valued by employers and universities, visit www.dohacollege.com