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  • 17 year old Ijeoma Nwuke came across The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through her school, Day Waterman College, Nigeria. She began her award at the Bronze level and moved on to complete her Silver Award. At the Silver level, she went to Gambia for her adventurous journey, where she was able to understand and experience the importance of team work and adaptation to diverse cultural environments.In describing her experience, she said:

    “Through The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award experience, I learnt to adapt to my environment despite how tough it may be. I learnt to strive on and persevere especially as I was trekking with my fellow classmates in Gambia for our Silver final expedition. I was exposed to different cultures, I learnt tolerance and understood diversity in cultures. This definitely helped me when I moved to South Africa and met various people from various cultures. I have to admit, there were moments during the expedition that were quite shell-cracking as we were exposed to environments we were not used to, all whilst having the sun beat us down our necks. But in all, the experience was enthralling.

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an opportunity all young people should take as it teaches people to work together in teams and adapt to various environments. Through the community service component, you learn to give to people and also receive in terms of satisfaction and gratitude. For those who enjoy divulging themselves in great and adrenaline-filled experiences, whilst having a supportive community at their side, The DofE is for you”.

    Ijeoma is currently a student of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in South Africa and is working hard towards achieving her Gold Award.

  • Madihah Lawal is a student of Avi-Cenna International School and a Bronze Award holder aspiring to proceed to the Silver Award Level. She shares her Award experience below:

    I have to admit, I am very happy to have participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. It has thought me vital skills that are quite useful. Like how to work with people and how to endure in times of thriving situation. I specially love the way it brings everyone together, It gives the sense of team work and familiarity.

    During our Adventurous Journey, I got to work with people I don’t normally talk to, and surprisingly we had a lot in common. It also thought me leadership skills I never knew I had, like when I was put in charge of everyone for a whole day Making all responsibilities fall on me. To be honest it was very difficult getting people in order, and I was glad when the day was over.

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award gives you the opportunity to try out various new skills and activities. For my service, I decided to help as a teaching assistant for the year 2 students and I really enjoyed it. Of course, we wouldn’t have completed the Award without the help of our Award leader and various supervisors. Most times we were so close to giving up, but our Award leader kept on pushing and motivating us, telling us we could do it. It encouraged me, and it was good enough to make us complete our activities for the Award. I am grateful and thankful and I really look forward to starting my Silver Award next year.