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.
Service as Action (MYP)
Service and 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, grade-based community service projects are organized 2-3 times per year where students as a class are focused on helping out a particular group or cause. Students are also encouraged to initiate activities independently as well.
This school year our main focus is the integration of Service as Action into the curriculum where it will be incorporated and implemented directly within the classroom. This way we hope to have every MYP student, Grades 6 through 10 participate in some form of community involvement.
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 projects 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.
Community and Service Leader
International School of Belgrade