Together we can make a difference...
Action is one of the 5 Essential Elements of the PYP and it occurs in every year of the programme. It is not prompted or expected in any rigid form from the teacher, in fact, we hope it will be an intuitive piece of initiation from the students themselves.
At first glance, what does Action look like?
Action can be a simple decision instigated by a child, for example, to turn the tap off when brushing teeth (to save water), or to rally a group to fix something locally, which is broken. A great example of group action was our 'Clean Sweep Project' Oct 2010 (Contact/credit goes to: BVI Tourist Board, Natasha Chalwell). This gave a local importance to a global issue of discarding waste properly. We have all witnessed irresponsible behaviour and evidence in this area. The children were enabled to 'tidy up the Cedar Perimeter and the surrounding Cedar Road' area. They enjoyed this activity and the chance to really make a difference and have decided they would also like to continue this project on every free-dress day. I think this is a wonderful initiative and is student-driven, therefore, it is the epitome of action, working together to act locally within our community.
As we develop action @ CIS; where are we heading?
We hope that the Cedar curriculum drives the students to ask the burning questions of today's world, before inquiring into ways in which they can interact with community to take action. In order, for that 'action' to fulfill the PYP aims, the student should learn from the experience. Gaining from sustainable partnerships which can be fostered and grow over time. The faculty and community are invited to become involved in action @ CIS.
Please fill in the form below detailing your action proposal and submit to the PYP Coordinator for feedback.