La Consolacion College Bacolod held a symposium to prime Senior High School students for the Service Learning Program, a key feature of the curriculum which will be implemented through Grade 12.
Rodjhun Navarro, head of LCC’s Office for Institutional Advancement and Linkages said that the program is an important vehicle to attain the educational outcomes, where students will be challenged to use the knowledge and skills they learn in school to help address real-world problems. This strategy will not only provide an opportunity for teachers to effectively assess whether the students have imbibed the outcomes of the course but a venue for development of other skills as collaboration critical thinking and a strong value oriented on service.
The symposium, which was on “volunteerism”, was held at the LCC Auditorium on Friday, June 24. It was attended by more than 600 students from all the disciplinal tracks.
Claire Algarme, an alumna, who has a strong community service credentials having been involved in local and international development work, was the symposiums resource person. She introduced different ways students can be of help to the community, citing her experiences with Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Manila Foundation and Dr. Pablo O. Torre Foundation.
Algarme added that volunteering has opened job opportunities for her having met volunteers coming from various lines of work and connected with big companies. She added that other than schooling, volunteering is an avenue to better prepare for the world of work.
LCC has scheduled Friday mornings on regular school days for Service Learning. The program will have two phases: during the first phase, students will be assigned to deliver electives courses for the Night High School Program or organize sustainable livelihoods or environment advocacy projects with LCC Bacolod’s partner communities; and in the second phase, students are free to select their partner organization and the kind of involvement they prefer to do so long as it is aligned with their study.
Mentors will be monitoring students’ service performance through actual observations, weekly reflection papers and a service-learning portfolio which is to be accomplished by the end of the semester.