The International Award Programme for young people (I.A.Y.P) was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The aim was to motivate young people aged between 14 and 25 years to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development activities.

The Award’s concept is one of individual challenge, giving young people a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community.

The basic structure of the Award consists of 4 mandatory sections Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. There are 3 levels of the Award – Bronze, Silver & Gold. Participants must complete the four mandatory sections of Service, Adventurous Journey, Skill & Physical Recreation.


I.S.S. is happy and proud to be associated with I.A.Y.P over the last two decades. Several activities like expedition, trekking, Physical recreation test, adventure, session by various experts on various topics, practice journey camps are conducted meticulously every year.

An in house camp in the school premises and expeditions to Muscat, Nizwa, Sur, Sohar and U.A.E take place regularly.

Physical Recreation programme

Every year Physical recreation is conducted during the I.A.Y.P practice journey camp. Every student undergoes this test and then qualify for their respective awards.


Adventure journey is a part of the award scheme. Students are taken to mountains marked as tourist spots for trekking. The students trek through the hilly areas under the able guidance of their award leaders (teachers).


Students have the privilege of selecting one of the skills. They complete their projects on the selected skill and qualify for the award. Skills like Book binding, cake-decoration, art, music, photography, chess are the most preferred ones.

Gold awardees complete their residential project and submit project reports on various skills. These awardees are guided by a team of teachers, who are the award leaders of the programme.

Every year Award ceremony is conducted in which Bronze, Silver and Gold awardees are awarded with respective awards on their successful completion of their training programme.