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May

The International Award for Young People (IAYP) at Middle School
Pathways Aravali

The International Award for Young People (IAYP) also known as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award that was introduced to the students of Grade 9 in November 2016. 65 students enrolled for the Bronze level of the Award –which is also the entry level. The programme requires successful completion of the four components of skills, adventurous journey, service and physical recreation. The Bronze award journey was culminated in our achievements not only being carried out but also diligently recorded and meticulously validated by our adult mentors and then approved by the IAYP office. The manifestation of this elaborate exercise was in the form of IAYP Assembly which was a special occasion to recognize our skills/achievements.

The room was filled with bliss and excitement as all the awardees walked proudly on to the stage with their certificates and badges. After receiving the certificates, there were performances by the students of Grade 9. Displaying great talent, few of the awardees enlightened the crowd with their experience of this journey. The enthralling musical performances, mesmerizing dance and mind blowing beat boxing left the crowd spell bounded. The proud award holders will soon continue to take a step forward to receive the silver level. We were congratulated by our Director and Principal motivating us to further take forward this journey and achieve Silver and Gold in the coming years ahead.

This program brings up great leaders and teaches them to train themselves into independent and balanced individuals. At the bronze level, we completed 4 components which required a lot of persistence, effort and willingness. Here at Pathways World School, we get different opportunities to complete all these aspects by unleashing the adventurous side in us by being a part of the Annual Adventure camps. As we have PE lessons, the students worked on their sport for their physical activity component. For the service component student choose various ways through which they could help the community and do good for their society. Some students helped keep the school building clean during the breaks, some taught the underprivilege where as some helped in the library, most of us also worked at the Eye camp. Nonetheless, all of them learned something new and was a good exposure. For skills students choose their hobbies and the field they are interested in and worked upon them.

We feel really blessed to be offered such a programme which has an international recognition and has instilled in us great leadership skills. This was a great platform to showcase our talent in the best way forward.

Text: Samanata Pradhan and Mansi Agarwal (Grade 9)
Editing: Ms. Aarushi Jain
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