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Service Education

22 February 2015

Schools have changed significantly over recent times. When I went to school I was taught how to pass exams but not a lot else! Nowadays I believe schools have a responsibility to help students develop in all aspects, not just the academic. This includes personal growth through building confidence and self-esteem, through to the social development of skills for leading and working with others.

Service education is a vital part of understanding how we can contribute to our world and make it a better place. Service is much more than charity and involves effort on the students’ part to make a difference to others. This could range from helping a younger child to read through to protecting our environment or to possibly working with Service partners such as charities or NGOs on major projects which help whole communities.

There are two excellent examples of Service Projects taking place at present. Our IB students have just returned from a trip to Tanzania where they worked with other students from across Nord Anglia Education in a local Primary School and orphanage. Members of our PTA and parent community will soon announce a wonderful project making blankets to contribute to families in Syria. Our students can help to make these blankets and then see their efforts producing a visible product which can benefit others who are undergoing difficult times.

Young people have a strong social conscience and there is an innate desire to want to help others. By including Service education within our expectations at school we can make a difference to the world and also to our students’ personal, social and moral development.

Patrick Horne