Duke of Edinburg’s International Award is a proper skill developing program organized for youngsters who are willing to prepare themselves for the future ahead. It is a very essential program which helps us to achieve experiences in travelling various parts of the country and serve people and nation, gaining day to day skills and so on.
I, a student of KUHS had participated in this program and I feel extremely lucky that I was a part of it. It has indeed given me a lot of ideas in dealing with future day to day works. The Award Program is basically categorized into three sectors skill, service and physical recreation. For the skill segment, I joined music class where I learnt the basics of Piano. I am quite happy that I could learn basics of musical notes and further in the future I may acquire complex knowledge of notes quite comfortably. I am still practicing piano at home and it really is interesting. Firstly, I learnt how to place my fingers on the keys. My instructor Mr. Muskan Sir taught me some finger exercises in addition to the notes. He told me that finger exercise would make my finger smooth in movement. Eventually, after some classes, he taught me some chords and of course it took me some time to learn them. Finally, the musical notes were practiced. I found the notes quite tough initially, but now I am comfortable with them and I am very happy about it.
As for the service category, I along with a couple of my friends had to go to Dhulikhel Hospital to provide some services. There, we helped the hospital staffs in registration of patients, procedure rooms and store rooms, file managing etc. It was very satisfying and informative. I got the idea that there are many sick people in the world and we should also take care of ourselves in order to be healthy.
I found the Physical recreation sector very amusing. I learnt how to play badminton and its rules. Mr. Ricky Naga, our instructor coached us pretty well and this helped us to keep physically fit.
We also had to accomplish an adventure journey to Bandipur. There were 8 members in our group; four boys and four girls. We had to visit Bandipur and halt for one night camping in tents. We had to cook our meals ourselves. We visited one of the restaurants in traditional Newari attire and took interview of an elderly lady who gave us the information about Bandipur and the prevailing tourism in the area. One of the visits was to a silk-worm farm. We got to know how silk worms are bred and how cocoons are destroyed to make silk through an interview with farm owner. Basically, the concept of acquiring skills of leadership, working in team and route navigation was achieved. Since it was my first time outing in Camp with friends, it was amazing and the best part was the unity amongst our group members. I enjoyed each and every moment of the camping. The whole experience has definitely been a milestone in my life where I learnt a lot of things and the moments I cherish as nostalgic.