Service-Learning (S-L) at RGS seeks to nurture every Rafflesian girl to be a socially responsible individual through the provision of opportunities to perform meaningful community service. It is carried out across the four years and is embedded in the Character and Leadership Education (CLE) programme. Through S-L, Rafflesians actively engage in enhancing the well-being of the local community and grow to become independent, pro-active learners. They are equipped and empowered to serve, explore and act on real community needs. This includes the Overseas Service-Learning programme for selected students and civic engagement projects through the Community Problem Solving programme.
Based on Treffinger's Levels of Service (LoS), the RGS S-L Programme is designed to provide for the differing profiles of students. All students will complete a Community Exploration project by Year 2. With this foundation, the students can make informed choices and pursue Community Action projects or continue with Community Service/ Exploration projects in Year 3 and 4.
|The RGS S-L Programme|
|Year||Main Activity||Type of S-L||LoS 1||Criteria|
|1||International Coastal Cleanup||Community Service||1||Basic volunteerism|
Level wide S-L project
Some CMPS groups
|Community Exploration||2||Some sustainability, some impact on community|
|3-4||Self initiated S-L projects, e.g.Advocacy projects with limited outreach, CCA S-L||Community Exploration||2-4||
Some sustainability, some impact on
Significant impact to school or community
|Overseas Service-Learning, Community Problem Solving Programme(CmPS), special programmes(Congress, In-Convo)||Community Action||3-4|
LoS 1 = Don Treffinger Level of service approach for Talent Development
THE COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING PROGRAMME (CmPS) IN RGS
The Community Problem Solving Programme is a differentiated programme for students with a strong passion for service and who want to understand key issues in the community and use problem solving skills to solve real world problems. Working in teams of about 6-8 members, students identify an area of concern in a community, explore challenges, establish an underlying problem, propose an action plan to solve the problem. They then carry out their proposed solution and reflect on learning and impact on the community.
Examples of CmPS projects include, working with NParks to resolve the problems of the public feeding of animals in the nature reserve, releasing of animals into the environment and improving their quality of living for the elderly.
CmPS members bringing the elderly for an excursion to the Botanics Garden as one solution to address the issue of active ageing in our community.
THE RGS OVERSEAS SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAMME
RGS's very first Overseas Service-Learning (OSL) trip took place in Kerala, India in 2004. A group of 30 students and four teachers taught basic Information Technology (IT) skills to students at a high school and conducted a reading programme for children in an orphanage, which they also refurbished. More OSL trips were planned to other parts of Asia, such as Kumbalum (India) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) from 2005 onwards after reviewing the benefits of the programme for developing the character and leadership of the students besides the impact of meeting the needs of the communities they served.
The objectives of OSL are two-fold
- to serve the needs of beneficiary communities overseas in a way that promotes self-sustainability and positive reciprocity
- to develop character, leadership and other life-skills of RGS students as they aspire to meaningfully contribute to improving the lives of underprivileged youth and their communities
Since 2004, the OSL programme has developed and initiated projects in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines together with the assistance of NGOs in those countries. Students work with NGOs of identified communities over a sustained three to five year relationship. With the OSL motto "A Legacy of Love", past and present OSL members have impacted over at least 2000 people in needy communities and live out their school motto, Daughters of A Better Age.