SERVICE AND ACTION
The role of service and action in the MYP addresses the place and role of the student in communities—from the immediate family and school environment to the broader world. The IB mission statement stresses that understanding one’s role in communities extends beyond knowledge—students should develop a personal value system that guides their own lives as thoughtful and ACTIVE members of local and global communities.
Action involves learning by doing and develops empathy and respect that can lead to deeper understanding of others. Engaging students in principled action and contact with other social and cultural environments can enrich them emotionally, socially, morally and culturally.
In the MYP, the component of service and action is considered more important than the number of hours devoted to it. The idea of service and action is developed as an integral part of the program—present in the curriculum as well as in whole-school activities. Learning about one’s role in the community starts with learning in the classroom based on the written curriculum, and leads to raising awareness that may lead to principled ACTION.
The learning expectations for community and service are organized in terms of:
- Become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
- Discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
- Undertake challenges that develop new skills
- Persevere in action
- Work collaboratively with others
- Consider the ethical implications of their actions
- Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding.