Why We Still Need to Learn about Service (and how JUMP! is Continuing to Learn!)
JUMP! have been supporting international schools to develop and deliver their service learning programs for a number years, and yet still for many of us it is an area in which there are more questions than answers. How can we ensure that an experience is both meaningful for our students and for the communities we aim to ‘serve’? How do we create a project that is possible for our students to participate in and isn’t surface-level or tokenistic? How do we introduce students to the complexity and nuances of the issue without disempowering them?
These are frequently-discussed issues at JUMP!, and unfortunately not ones that lend themselves to easy tick-box answers. During my time as a JUMP! facilitator I have participated in a number of debates with partners, teachers, and colleagues about how to improve the impact of service learning on both the students and ‘beneficiaries’. A common theme has been that we need to emphasize the learning part of service learning, both so students can be effective and responsive in how they contribute, but more importantly, so they can continue to apply what they have learned to action they take in the future. JUMP! has found that the best service programs don’t shy away from addressing the complexities of service, but actively weave in ways of exploring the issues and asking the big ‘no-right-answer’ questions, in order to enhance student learning.
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