It was a unique experience for 10 students from Year 10 and 11 of R.E.A.L International Schools, Cahaya Campus, Shah Alam (RISC); as they embarked on an International Bronze Award trip to Endau Rompin National Park in Johor from the 18th to 20th of September 2014. The three-day excursion was organized as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, which is offered as a CCA or Co-Curricular Activity in RISC.
The aforementioned Awards is a balanced programme consisting of four levels; namely Bronze, Silver and Gold, with a framework of four sections. These are Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey, as well as the Residential project at Gold level. Entry into this awards programme is voluntary, with no competition between participants. Once a participant completes a section, he or she will be assessed by an independent panel of judges and if successful, will be given an Awards badge and certificate.
This international youth programme aims to enhance participants’ persistence and determination while helping them to overcome challenges, learn more about themselves by unearthing hidden depths of character, and developing them as human beings in the process. Participants are able to complete their Bronze and Silver Awards at school level and the Gold Award at university level, all before the age of 24.
Prospective employers are known to appreciate job applicants who have achieved Gold Awards in this programme. Realizing such recognition, R.E.A.L Schools is constantly providing such valuable opportunities to its students’ for their overall personal growth and self-development. This in turn, adds value to both their individual worth as well as the brand of education procured by R.E.A.L Schools as a whole.