Yusuf Abdulwahab completed his A-Levels at Malvern College, UK before going on to start his BA in Economics and Politics at Durham University, UK. In February 2013, Yusuf was honored by HRH The Earl of Wessex at a special ceremony at St. James’ Palace in London for completing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Program's requirements during his two years at Malvern College.
“The Duke of Edinburgh Award program was an experience that lasted throughout my two years at Malvern College. Within a timeframe of 18 months, I took part in activities across the three sections of the Award, namely, volunteering, physical fitness and skill development. A residential activity and an expedition were also to be completed before accomplishing the Award requirements. The Award program gave me a sense of gradual accomplishment and was an invaluable opportunity for new experiences and personal development.”
“As part of the Malvern College Green Issues committee, I set up a ‘FreeCycle’ initiative of intra-school trading and recycling. For the skill development section of the award, I worked with a team of fellow students in an Engineering Challenge set by the defense technology firm QinetiQ. The aim of the challenge was to put forward a viable proposal to the issue of accommodating athletes for the London 2012 Olympics in a way that was to be both cost effective and environmentally sustainable.”
“For my residential, I spent a week away with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers on a beach clean-up and survey in South Devon. Meanwhile, the expedition part of the Award program was the most challenging but nevertheless the most rewarding. The five-day trekking journey was physically demanding, but the positive team spirit and stunning natural scenery of Dartmoor National Park more than made up for it.”
“Undoubtedly, the breadth of activities I had undertaken through the Duke of Edinburgh Award program greatly contributed to my personal development as a CPISP scholar.”