Service as Action

 

Service as Action

Action is a key component in the MYP learning process, both as part of the programme’s educational philosophy as well as the practical result of learning. The objective of the MYP is to help students shape their own personal perception, to get to know themselves and to understand their responsibility towards the community in which they live.  As students become more aware and better understand their context and obligations, they become liberated to act in a responsible and positive way.

Within the context of Service as Action, students can:

  • empathize with and show solidarity towards their fellow citizens
  • make small-scale changes in their behavior
  • undertake bigger and more important responsibilities
  • take personal initiatives
  • act upon collective initiatives or inclinations
  • implement their personal action plan
  • propose changes to an existing system
  • lobby persons with greater power or in more influential positions

Through Service as Action, students are able to build connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. When connected to classroom learning, the experience of service offers opportunities to apply concepts, skills and knowledge.  As students explore the community in its complexity, they gain personal insight, develop existing and new skills, and grow in confidence and responsibility as they become “actors” in the “real world” beyond school.

When the service experience is meaningful and purposeful for all involved, then the process of self-reflection brings satisfaction.  As students contemplate their service experience, they gain a greater awareness of the community and world in which they live, and their roles and responsibility in improving their own lives as well as the lives of others.

 

MYP Learning Outcomes for Service

Through their engagement with service as action, students should:

  • become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
  • undertake challenges that develop new skills
  • discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
  • persevere in action
  • work collaboratively with others
  • develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • consider the ethical implications of their actions.