Transformative education

Learning to serve

Learning to serve innovative school practices to foster education to common values

Learning to serve: innovative school practices to foster education to common values has the following objectives:

  • Students of the leading schools acquire relevant cognitive and non-cognitive competences and develop a more positive attitude toward common values.
  • Teachers and community educators at local and national level are more aware about the challenges of education to common values.
  • The whole school community and the volunteering NGOs and associations who provide the services in the SL projects are more involved with SL methodology.

When? From November 1st 2021 to November 1st 2024

Partnership: Madre Coraje (Spain) is the leader of the project. The other partners are ACES (Spain), Breza (Croatia), Dokkica (Croatia), ProgettoMondo (Italy) and IC Golosine (Italy).

Project outputs:

  • Didactic manual for innovative education to common values based on SL methodology.
  • Toolkit to foster cooperation in education to values through SL approach between schools, volunteering associations and NGOs, parents and other community stakeholders, including tools for Service-Learning practices.
  • Knowledge, learning and networking web platform about education to common values.

The project revolves around the idea that the SL methodology is ideal for teaching global values, since it offers opportunities for student participation in social and civic life through formal learning activities. Innovative S-L projects make the school interact with its environment: neighbourhood, city, civil society; and vice versa: they introduce civil society entities, neighbourhood, city… in the school. If the school does not serve to solve extracurricular situations (non-school situations), occurs what is known as “school learning bubble”. For this reason, using the innovative SL methodology offers students the opportunity to apply learning, values and skills (competences) worked in the classroom in non-school situations.

That’s why the “service” part of this methodology is so important and has to be very well designed and be very consistent with the principles of the S-L methodology. Service is not a practice that takes place after learning, it is an extension of learning. And that is why this project will intend to improve the knowledge of the SL methodology among volunteering NGOs and associations, which are the service providers in SL projects. We need these entities not to consider themselves just as recipients of a school activity but an essential part of the teaching-learning process.

We will hold an initial meeting in Jerez on May 18th and 19th. There will be several international meetings to prepare trainings for teachers who will then design SL actions with a global focus. Because everything revolves around ApS: it is about creating didactic units with an ApS approach, and involving associations and families in it.

The project «Learning to serve» is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. The content of this website is the exclusive responsibility of Madre Coraje and neither the European Commission nor the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) are responsible for the use that may be made of the information disseminated here.


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