SLP : Service-Learning-Programme
Author Barbara Jacoby defines Service-Learning as “…a form of experiential education
in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes.” Our school gave students the stage to take a shot at helping out and giving back by introducing SLP – the Service Learning Programme.
The process was divided into 5 steps:
Investigation – The students took a look at the selected area, talked to the people there, walked around and tried to identify the problem. After a bunch of brainstorming with teachers and interviewing the residents, they identified the problem.
Planning and Preparation – Now that they knew of the problem, it was time to do some research and talk to people with experience about the same – like NGOs and even individuals.
Pilot – Now that they had a solution it was time to check it’s viability. That’s when it was tested on a small group of people – a pilot.
Action – With all the learnings from the pilot in place, it was time to get in action and get the plan rolling.
Reflection – With everything said and done, the last stage was to reflect. They compiled their learnings and aimed to improve on anything that was out of place or had any scope of improvement.
The experience was more than a mere project done with pen and paper. It was in-depth
practical learning by ways of experimenting and trying things in the real world. You can most certainly call it – “A series of fortunate events”.