The Sreenidhian's Creative Hub
By Vivan Kumar
IB learners are driven to exhibit a commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of others and the environment. Furthermore, this service programme prepares students for the demands of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS), a cornerstone of the Diploma Programme, which requires students to engage in a range of activities that enable them to foster their self-determination and collaboration by learning through firsthand experience. Students engage with an array of local and global issues and are able to identify skills and interests by demonstrating commitment and involvement in these experiences.
A Service as Action experience is defined by its learning outcomes, which are met throughout the processes of investigating, planning, taking action, reflecting and demonstrating. Once the need for a solution is identified, there are generally four types of action that an experience and its activities are aligned with: direct, indirect, advocacy, and research. A meaningful service activity must involve the recognition of an underlying issue as well as engagement with members of a target audience in a shared commitment towards achieving a desired outcome. The following are some viable ideas for Service as Action that can be modified to produce successful projects:
Start an environmental initiative at school
Raise awareness and share knowledge about internet safety
Plan, organise and run a charity event
Organise a PYP student assistant program
Create a video about sustainable water solutions
The CAS project must be a collaborative and continued experience during which the action component must span a minimum of one month. Moreover, it must challenge the student to demonstrate perseverance and develop crucial skills such as decision making and problem-solving. CAS revolves around the three elements of creativity, action and service. With its holistic approach, it contributes significantly to the students’ personal development through experiential learning. It provides an essential counterbalance for the academic pressures of the highly demanding Diploma Programme. The following are some practicable endeavours for CAS that are challenging as well as enjoyable, and can be modified in order to meet each of the learning outcomes:
Learn to play a musical instrument
Create and distribute face masks
Produce a documentary on a topic of your choice
Take up yoga
Organise a tree planting event in your local community
Service as Action and CAS are both essential to personal and interpersonal development, as they enable students to take part in activities individually as well as collaboratively, in local, national and international contexts. They challenge students to demonstrate perseverance and initiative while simultaneously building upon key skills such as problem-solving and decision making. As Lao Tzu famously said, “Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true power. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power”.
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