“ If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to Independence.” – Maria Montessori
One of the major objectives of the education is to build strong characters. The values inculcation at the formative years of children lays a strong foundation for their successful future in different roles. Making children skilled and educated in academic sphere is just a partial development of their character. Dealing with the challenges of life with patience and resilience with a socially inclusive attitude cannot be undermined among the other educational priorities.
At VDJS, we pride ourselves on providing a unique award programme – IAYP (International Award for Young People) – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to our young girls. The Award’s concept is in the form of an individual challenge for the girls, giving them an opportunity to participate in a balanced and non-competitive programme of voluntary activities, which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.
There are 3 levels of the Award – Bronze, Silver & Gold.
Girls can undertake all three categories of the Award programme or enter directly at any of the three levels in the following age group:
The Award aspirants are expected to perform various activities under the four dimensions of IAYP namely Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. The activities are performed either individually or as part of a team.
The minimum period of participation is 6 months for Bronze, 12 months for Silver and 18 months for Gold within which the girls have to meet their criterion of performing a certain number of hours of the activities under all the dimensions corresponding to the award category.
“If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.”
Following is the tally of awards received by the VDJS girls under IAYP: