ISM holds camp for Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
Nineteen of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Awardees at Indian School Muscat, in fulfilment of the requirements for the Gold Awards, camped on the school premises during December 26-29. In this residential project for Gold Awards in the prestigious International Award Scheme, the awardees went through a series of activities equipping themselves with life skills needed for the wider world.
Under the guidance of Principal Srinivas K Naidu, Independent Operating Authority of the International Award Scheme at ISM and the assisting Award Leaders, the participants were evaluated at all levels of competency.
The awardees underwent rigorous training in academics, various aspects of self-dependency and self-discipline, social service, yoga, carpentry, gardening, cooking, painting and craft, interactive sessions and visits to places of industrial significance. The heads of various departments and the teaching faculty took care of the academic aspect of the camp giving the awardees the rare prospect to discuss and shed light on their doubts on the spot as they revised their lessons in their presence.
This award programme, intended to equip the young people for life and work, included three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Participants needed to complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their award, and this camp was the last phase of their efforts to attain the goal. The programme focused on key areas in which young people’s development is lacking, and resolved to create a frame of mind that would be a self-learning experience.
The camp was also intended to foster the qualities of leadership and rooted in the spirit of caring and sharing and trained the youth to undertake the responsibilities and learn to interact like a good human within society, their family and finally learn the art of becoming an ideal citizen deeply conscious of the noble goals of this scheme.
On the concluding day of the camp while speaking to the awardees, the principal encouraged them to be individuals influencing the world rather than just becoming job-seekers. He exhorted them to be those who can have an impact on men and initiate the positive difference required in the world around. He inspired them to be dreamers of a greater order.
The awardees will receive their Gold Awards in a solemn assembly which will be held later in January 2016. Geeta Chauhan, Assistant Vice Principal, Senior Section supervised the entire series of activities in close association with the award leaders. S K Hussaini coordinated this residential camp in close conformity with the requirements of the award scheme.