Posted on October 06, 2018

A large number of Doha College students have been rewarded for successfully completing the challenging requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards - a globally recognised programme that helps to develop young people for life and work.

Nadeem Faisal, Award Coordinator at Doha College, explains about the programme: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is DC’s largest Enhanced Curriculum Activity, with nearly 200 students taking part in the three award levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold, and the numbers increase every year. With a dedicated team of staff volunteering days and weeks of their time, students are offered an opportunity to put themselves out of their ‘comfort zone’. This is done by undertaking Adventurous Journeys (AJs) in challenging conditions, and also acquiring new skills and experiences through the other required sections of the Award, including Service, Physical Activity, Skills and a Residential Project (Gold only). All these go towards an ever increasing challenge through the levels, all the while developing a wider skillset of those participants who complete the Award.”

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The students awarded at the recent ceremony clocked a total of 7,300 hours of purposeful activity, made up of 2,100 hours of service, 2,600 hours of skill and 2,600 hours of physical activity. We asked a mother whether their child’s commitment increased the parental workload too. “My daughter’s participation in the programme did not mean any extra work for us parents. She did everything herself, and completed her assignments proactively. She became independent, motivated and capable to manage the project herself,” said Elena Ceban about Anastasia, Year 12.

Faizaan Baig, also in Year 12, told us “For my skill I learnt French, for the Physical element I did sprinting with the Al Sadd Club, and my service hours were completed in school, where I helped in the library and in the facility management department. The hardest part was climbing the mountain in Sri Lanka, but staying motivated and committed was never an issue.”

To find out more about the way Doha College runs the programme, which is highly valued by employers and universities, visit