Beach Bunch granted permission to offer Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

NON-GOVERNMENT organisation Beach Bunch has received approval as an Independent Award Centre (IAC) to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The approval from The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Association, will see the Beach Bunch become an independent award centre (IAC).

Meanwhile, the award is a youth achievement award which was previously offered only to international school students in Brunei.

The award, offered to anyone aged from 14 to 24 years old, sees participants carrying out a number of self-improvement initiatives over a minimum of at least six months.

Participants have to complete four components in order to achieve the award: service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journey.

Under the ‘service’ component, youth participants have to spend time volunteering, while ‘skills’ provides the opportunity for them to either improve on an existing skill, or to try a new one.

Meanwhile, ‘physical recreation’ encourages youth to participate in sports and other physical activities to improve health and fitness, while ‘adventurous journey’ sees participants planning, training for and undertaking a journey in an unfamiliar environment as part of a small team.

Beach Bunch President Rizan Latif told The Brunei Times that the NGO wanted to be part of the award after realising it promoted volunteerism, as well as the outdoors.

“We also believe this award will contribute towards Brunei’s Vision 2035 – from the youth side – in terms of helping our youth to be more self-reliant and independent.

“So this one of the areas in which we are helping out the nation’s youth,” Rizan said.

Previously, the only approved IACs in Brunei to offer the award were Jerudong International School (JIS) and International School of Brunei (ISB).

The award was first launched in the UK in 1956.

The Brunei Times