Gordonstoun School is a Scottish co-educational school that is run by an extremely prolific man named Dr. Kurt Hahn.
Gordonstoun is in a 200-acre woodland estate in Elgin and the education dynamic is very community-based, where both teachers and students work on helping each other.
This dynamic was created because Hahn was inspired by his desires for the educational ethos and community growth.
Further reading: Gordonstoun, Moray, Scotland, UK – Which Boarding School
Despite building the perfect school, he wanted to develop rewards as well.
That was when Hahn decided to develop the Moray badge.
The Moray badge was a reward given to those who had passed a series of projects and exhibitions without succumbing to qualities that were a part of the Six Declines of Modern Youth’.
One of the students who received this reward was Prince Phillip, one of Hahn’s first ten students.
Prince Phillip had been so important to Hahn that he eventually decided to contact the prince in 1955 to request his help to expand the Moray badge program.
Prince Phillip accepted and both of them had started to put work into developing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.
Prince Phillip had a great determination to help young teenagers as Hahn once did, and he wanted to help these teenagers work towards becoming adults with strong qualities that would help not only the community but society as a whole.
At first, Prince Phillip had started with a pilot program in 1955.
This program had also requested young men to take on a series of challenges and projects, these being put in four sections:
Rescue and Public Service, Exhibitions, Pursuits and Projects, and fitness.
Eventually, this expanded to parts of the British Air Force, Army, and Air Force.
Then, it ended up in general education programs and soon the world.
Now, not only do men participate in the program, but women do as well.
The program now takes place outside of the classroom as well.
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