News from SCIS:

Duke of Edinburgh challenge

From the 15th to the 17th of November last year – over three days and two nights – seven students from St Constantine’s International School climbed to Little Meru (a major point within the climb of Arusha’s famous Mt Meru) to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh International silver Award.

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. The Silver Award is for those over 15 years of age and the adventurous journey is the climax of the Award for any level.

Organised by maths teacher Mr. Ombuni and a main guide from the organising company – Mr. Babuly – the first day’s climb took them to the first camp for an overnight stay before progressing to the second camp and the climb of Little Meru. After this second overnight stay they descended on Day three.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. It pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements. (Pictured from left are: Enoch Elumba, Arisa Hesein, Marie Cycuzo, Felister Chekwoti, Mr Ombuni, Pardeep Dharwal, Toosker Timer, Naseem Ayub.)

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education and learning, the Award can play a critical role in their personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge.

Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, the German educationalist, they were concerned that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would support young people on the journey of self development as they find their purpose, passion and place in the world.