Student Community Involvement

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Gandhi 

Service learning allows people to make a difference for themselves as well as for others. It is through  this initiative that the school (students, faculty and parents) becomes  involved in different reflection and research projects to make a meaningful social impact on the immediate school community, our local community and hopefully, the world community. 

Each person shall have the opportunity to discover and further develop their own potential, since we are all good at something, and perhaps that something is not always self-evident in the context of formal education. A community involvement program offers a clear opportunity for students to find that special thing they are good at and discover their potential outside school, in real life settings and situations, working in collaboration with others. What is more, these types of activities allow students to use the skills gained in the classroom and apply them to the outside world to benefit other people or communities who may need help. In doing so, they develop an awareness of the world around them and play an active role in creating a better world to live in. After all, as Jiddu Krishnamurti declared, “education [is] the agent not only of inner renewal but also of social change.” 

One of ASB’s ultimate goals is to be able to develop and establish links among the whole school, from Early Childhood, Lower School, the middle years and Upper School. In this way, service learning gives us the opportunity to build a sense of community at both a global and local level. Notonly students, but also teachers and parents will be working collaboratively and pulling resources towards a common objective. 

As Steven Wolk said, “As educators, we have the responsibility to educate and inspire the whole child—mind, heart, and soul” and service learning stands as the most ideal platform to exercise and materialize that idea.

Mariana Curti

Student Community Involvement Liaison

 

Reference:

"Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi." QuotesWave.com. December 17, 2012. <http://www.quoteswave.com/picture-quotes/7137>


KRISHNAMURTI, J. in Prospects: the quarterly review of comparative education . (Paris, UNESCO: International Bureau of Education),  vol. XXXI, no. 2, June  2001, p.273-286. ©UNESCO: International Bureau of Education, 2001

Wolk, Steven. "Joy in School." Educational Leadership 66.1 (2008): 8-15. Educational Leadership:The Positive Classroom:Joy in School. Web. 17 Mar. 2012. <http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept08/vol66/num01/Joy-in-School.aspx>.