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MYP Service & Action

Service learning

Service learning is a structured approach to integrate service into the curriculum. Students apply subject matter to develop plans and partnerships that meet the needs of others. The process includes the key components of inquiry, organizing, action and reflection. Experiencing a service-learning approach within an academic class becomes a critical and essential process for students.

Having this experience, particularly when the service-learning process is made explicit, provides a reliable model for students to use when taking on more independent initiatives within the realm of service. Guided or classroom learning that leads to action addressing a community need is most meaningful when it allows students to incorporate their own interests, skills and talents.

Service as Action

Service, and service as action have always been a shared value of the IB community. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. IB World Schools value service with others as an important way to engage in principled action across a range of overlapping local and global communities.  

Through responsible action, tightly connected with sustained inquiry and critical reflection, young people and adults can develop the kinds of attributes described by the learner profile that are essential for success in future academic pursuits and for adult life.

During the course of the academic year, each MYP student will be responsible for engaging in at least one developmentally appropriate Service as Action initiative. Examples of these initiatives can include, but are not limited to, volunteering at a local charity, working with members of the community in need, running an event to raise awareness about a particular event, working alongside community leaders to develop relationships based on shared service or collaborating with peers to identify and solve a problem within the Kuwaiti community.

Participation in Service as Action initiatives is a requirement of the MYP program and student progress in this area will be shared with parents via PlusPortals and progress reports.

All of these learning outcomes are closely associated with IB learner profile attributes and ATL skills. Through their participation in service, students can become more confident, self-regulated learners.

3 Types of Service

With appropriate guidance and support, MYP students should, through their engagement with service as action:

  • Become more aware of their own strengths and areas for growth
  • Undertake challenges that develop new skills
  • Discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities
  • Persevere in action
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding
  • Consider the ethical implications of their actions.

(taken from Principles into Practice)