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Duke of Edinburgh Challenge

Edinburgh

It is not enough for students to obtain excellent results in a single subject. They also need to break the single line thinking and think about problems from the perspective of others. This is also a necessary ability for students to live in harmony in a multicultural community and stand out in the ever-changing global labor market.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh Expedition is a journey of transformation for our students.

 

As one of the four challenge sections for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver Level, the physical strength test is a great challenge. Students need to complete the hiking for 3 days, 7 hours a day in groups without the assistance of teachers. Under physical exhaustion, they have to experience psychological dilemmas such as getting lost and exhausted. In addition, they must complete self-improvement tasks such as Skill and Service. Some students need to observe the local culture, and others need to record the changes in the mental state of each member during the expedition and submit a complete study report.

 

We can improve our comprehensive abilities, which is the biggest feature of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  We need participate in activities for 100 hours in nearly 12 months. During activities, we can improve physical strength, cooperation, and communication.

——Jenny, Silver Challenger

 

Our mood changed after the challenge. When we experienced 7 hours of physical strength, arrived at the campsite at the end, and looked at the scenery under the mountain, we felt that nothing is impossible with a willing heart.

——Marilyn, Silver Challenger

 

During the challenge, students can build a global social network, break the boundaries of language and culture, get a better understanding of different languages and cultural environments, and prepare for the world.

 

Last time, I went on a hike to Dianshan Lake, which broke some of my stereotypes about the countryside. I communicated with the local deaf-mute people with basic sign language and learned about their rich and comfortable rural life. This experience taught me to look at problems with an inclusive attitude instead of conventional thinking.

——Sophie, Silver Challenger