An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
At The International School of Belgrade, Service is one of the key features of the education our students receive. As our mission statement indicates, as a community we are dedicated towards contributing positively to society and empowering our students to do so in the future. This is why, Service is essential to ISB education and is present continuously throughout K-12. Currently, ISB has a diverse and flexible program which we continuously work on in order to gain the interest of all of our students, parents and staff, and bring out their passions when it comes to involvement in their community. Furthermore, we seek to attend to the needs of those in our community that are the most vulnerable and seek to develop a strong, sustainable caring network, with ISB as one of its strongest lings.
Service as Action (MYP)
Service as Action is a concept that has replaced Community and Service in the MYP program as of the 2014-2015 school year. Nevertheless, the essence of the program has maintained the emphasis on the students’ interaction and service work within the community on the local and global levels. This Area of Interaction focuses on developing the following outcomes in our students:
- Feeling empathy towards others
- Making small-scale changes to their behavior
- Undertaking larger and more significant projects
- Acting on their own
- Acting collaboratively
- Taking physical action
- Suggesting modifications to an existing system to the benefit of all involved
- Lobbying people in more influential positions to act
Currently, all of our grade 6-10 students are required to participate in at least one of the Service activities offered by the school throughout the school year. The school usually offers 5-6 different Service activities which occur after school, between 3:10pm and 4:30pm. The activities are designed to provide students with a variety of different interest areas, such as poverty relief, animal rights, youth empowerment, environmental issues and many others. Students can pick and choose different activities throughout the three seasons, but the requirement is that they participate in at least one activity. Furthermore, students are encouraged to initiate their own service activities as well.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
CAS requirement is at the very core of the IB Diploma Programme and it concentrates on the non-academic aspect of school life outside of the world of scholarship, providing a fresh counterbalance to academic studies. As our students enter the Diploma Programme they are expected to act within their school, local community and hopefully beyond into the global community. The program concentrates on developing creative skills, physical ability and active service. IB Diploma candidates are required to complete 6 CAS experiences in the two years in order to receive their diploma.
The CAS program has three essential components to it:
Planning: Students need to plan out and think about each of the activities that they do prior to actually undertaking them.
Implementation: Students carry out the task throughout the whole duration and remain dedicated throughout.
Reflection: Students reflect on their performance after the completion of the task, noting their strengths and weaknesses, new experiences and future possibilities.
Taking part in balanced creativity, action and service activities, students are given a valuable opportunity to meet local and international non-government organizations. Students learn how to take initiative, as they become aware of the humanitarian issues across the world. Through CAS, our students learn to become better informed, caring citizens of the world.
To learn more about the CAS program please refer to the CAS Handbook.
The Service aspect of CAS is strongly emphasized at ISB and students are required to act beyond the ISB campus and get involved in the local community through Service. This involves a weekly commitment towards participating in one of the existing programs with one of our outside partners, to coming up with new initiatives and putting them into action. In fact, most of our existing programs have been initiated by former students and have become a part of ISB’s tradition, which we cherish and always seek to enhance.
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