Service as Action in the Middle Years Programme aims to develop:
• A sensitivity to the needs of the community and society in general
• An awareness of the role of the individual within the community
• A willingness and the skills to respond to the needs of others.
• An altruistic attitude which enriches the lives of the students through enhanced insight into different social patterns and ways of life
This area of interaction supports the fundamental concept of intercultural awareness, which aims to encourage tolerance and respect, leading to empathy and understanding. Students engage in interactive situations that will enrich them emotionally, socially, morally and culturally by involving themselves in positive action and contact with other social and cultural environments.
Service as Action in the MYP involves three central elements:
• involvement and service
At UWC East Africa M1, M2 & M3 students are involved in at least one service day per academic year and are encouraged to participate in other school-initiated activities. By M4 and M5 it is expected that student awareness will have developed to the level that they will be sensitive to the needs of various communities and the positive difference they can make. With guidance and support they are expected to act on this awareness.
To support and inspire helping attitudes, Service as Action is naturally integrated into curriculum areas, co-curricular activities, field trips and Outdoor Pursuits. Students will have opportunities to keep a Service as Action journal on Managebac, recording community needs they have become aware of, plans, records and reflections. They also have the opportunity to assess their C&S involvement on a rubric. The expectation for staff is to be models of positive action in the school community and beyond.