“Bug Off” – Community Project
Indeed the MYP seeks to develop confident independent learners. This was very evident when Masere Frimpong & Melike Agah – Grade 8 presented their Community Project goal to the staff during staff meeting on Wednesday and in the process solicited donations towards their project.
Bug off is a community project by Masere and Melike, supervised by Mama Su. The main aim is to educate the children at Calvary Presby School about the importance of preventing malaria by creating awareness about the deadly sickness. They will raise funds to buy mosquito repellent and mosquito nets for donations. During their presentations, they engage their audience in a question and answer session and a correct answer will wins one of their campaign T. shirts. During the staff meeting, Ms. Gilda and Mr. Adipah were the first winners of their first awareness campaign in preventing malaria. We call on parents to make a donation to this worthy cause through our supervisor, Mrs. King.
Service in Action – “The Doing”
As we continue to become more abreast with our MYP, it is important we continually gel in all requirements to equip our students ready for the real world. Ms. Tagoe, our MYP Coordinator, mentioned in her last bulletin about Global Contexts that, the MYP in its forward thinking allows students to realize that we are never very far from the idea of being part of a global community. Service in Action (S.A.) as an integral part of the program provides just the right window for students to explore globally, learn by doing and connect the classroom learning to a larger world by understanding global challenges and the commitment to act as responsible citizens.
Too often, when we are preparing our units, we end at the ATLs and we don’t move on further to take actions. It is vital that we ask students, how they can apply the knowledge in the real world. For instance, when a student studies about Rights and Responsibilities in the Individuals and Society classroom, service in action will allow the student to think through a global context exploration on how the unit (Rights & Responsibility) fits outside of the classroom, issues like voting, government systems, tax, laws and the like surfaces. Why should students learn about Rights and Responsibilities? More than ever, S. A. is a tool that can be used in the classroom to foster deeper understanding of concepts.
Not every action leads to service, and this action will be different from student to student and from context to context. It may involve students in feeling empathy towards others, making small scale changes to their behaviour, undertaking more significant projects, acting collaboratively, acting on their own, suggesting changes in an existing system to benefit patrons and lobbying persons in important positions to act. Usually when teachers are looking forward to ignite the IB learner profile attribute ‘Caring’ through our unit, it is important that students think about how their action can lead to service. This is where students begin to make realistic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. They explore the community to gain deeper insights and become more responsible. Through Service and Action, they become “actors” in the “real world” and beyond. As students become more aware and acquire a better understanding of context and their responsibilities, they become empowered to make choices about how to take selfless and positive actions.
We are, therefore, all involved to engage students in applying subjects to developing plans and partnerships to meet real identified needs in order to improve their lives and that of others.
MYP: From Principles into Practice
Grace Attram (S.A Coordinator)
Have a lovely week.