The Duke of Edinburgh's prestigious informal educational programme accepts pupils from the Liberec Region
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (DofE) is a prestigious non-formal education programme that works not only with primary and secondary schools, but also with children's homes or leisure centers. It is designed for children and young people aged 14 to 24 and its task is to motivate and support personal development and the acquisition of skills that are needed for future life and employment. Today, the Liberec Region signed a cooperation agreement with DofE. Based on the agreement, Liberec Region undertakes to provide financial support in the amount of CZK 10,000 to its contributory organizations that will participate in the programme.
"Every year there is a growing interest in the programme. It is currently trying to get involved in 130 countries from our world. He is also supported by the British royal family and I am very happy to look at the registration at the Liberec Region, " said Regional Governor Martin Půta.
The programme is designed for primary and secondary schools, universities, sports clubs and other organizations of their children and youth. Participants in the programme choose activities in four areas:
- Exercise - good handling of the condition and motivation for a healthy lifestyle.
- Skill - excellent skills in various activities, development of skills and talent.
- Volunteering - expanding interest in helping others, sharing responsibility and character.
- Expedition - overcoming oneself, problem solving, communication and teamwork.
"Young people believe in activities voluntarily. The duration depends on the chosen level of the programme - bronze on holiday for 6 months, silver on the way for a year and gold for a long year and a half. After successfully meeting the target goals, students will receive a prestigious certificate that recognizes a foreign university and employer, "added Petr Tulpa, square governor for the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Employment.
The main principles of DofE:
- Individual approach - everyone who chooses activities and sets goals according to their interests.
- Non-competitive nature - does not compete in the program, participation in the program is a personal challenge.
- Accessibility for all - participants of all people aged 14 to 24 years.
- Volunteering - all activities carried out by participants voluntarily and of their own free will.
- Reason for development - goals are set with regard to healthy challenge and motivation.
- Balance - a programme of developmental abilities, skills and social interest.
- Growing satisfaction - the higher the number, the more time, the determination and the responsibility.
- Inspirationality - participants set their goals, they try to meet them, and thus they can cope.
- Longevity - the programme allows for perseverance, guarantee and inner motivation.
- Entertainment - the programme would have satisfactory joy, fulfillment and satisfaction.
"Students believe that what interests them: they learn a new foreign language, they develop presentation skills, they play musical instruments. They can be expected in running, team sports, or probably crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. Volunteering is part of a programme in which you get involved in helping your surroundings. With this memorandum, the Liberec Region confirms that it really cares about successful future young generations, " adds Tomáš Vokáč, Executive Director of DofE.
By concluding a cooperation agreement with the Liberec Region, close the administration of financial support for your contributory organization who are involved in the DofE program. The contribution requests CZK 10,000 and is paid for the payment of an annual license fee for registration, fees for individual trainings and other activities.
Currently, four contributory organizations of the Liberec Region are involved in the programme, namely the Secondary School of Glassmaking Kamenický Šenov, the F. X. Šalda Grammar School in Liberec, the Česká Lípa Grammar School and the Secondary Industrial School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the Higher Vocational School in Liberec. "After the agreement on cooperation, we expect the interest of other schools as well," added Governor Půta.
Preliminarily, the following four contributory organizations of the Liberec Region would like to participate in the DofE programme:
|1.||VOŠ sklářská a Střední škola Nový Bor, Wolkerova 316|
|2.||Gymnázium Frýdlant, Mládeže 884, Frýdlant|
|3.||Střední zdravotnická škola a VOŠ zdravotnická Liberec, Kostelní 9|
|4.||Střední zdravotnická škola, Turnov, 28. října 1390|
Mgr. Filip Trdla, Spokesperson for Liberec Region