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What is MEPI (Mednarodno priznanje)?

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, known as MEPI in Slovenia, is a universal, world-renowned youth programme. It was founded in 1956 by the Duke of Edinburgh in collaboration with the German educator Kurt Hahn, a prominent advocate of experiential learning.

The programme is based on personal and individual challenge. Young people take part in a non-competitive programme of voluntary, sporting, cultural, and intellectual adventures and activities that encourage personal discovery and growth, independence, persistence, responsibility to oneself, and ultimately, make a contribution to their community.

The programme is accessible to all young people aged 14-25 years. It consists of four areas:

  • voluntary work
  • expedition
  • skills
  • sports activities.

By embarking on their Award journeys, young people can build resilience, learn to overcome challenges, take care of their physical and mental wellbeing and support their communities, at a time when we need it more than ever. It’s time to be #WORLDREADY.

Who is the coordinator at school to contact for more information?

Our MEPI coordinator here at BISL is Mr Simon Irving, who can be reached via email at:

How much does this programme cost at BISL?

The cost to being part of the programme is 125 Euros per student per academic year.

This includes:

  • Registration Fee
  • First Aid Training
  • All school led activities on site (orientation skills, camping, mentoring, food preparation, etc.)

All external trips will incur a minimum 25 Euro charge per expedition. Further information and details of this are announced by the trip leader.

Please refer to our Events calendar for key MEPI dates throughout the academic year.

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