Pedagogical Practice Sharing: Service Learning
To See The World in a Grain of Sand
The Chinese have an adage that encourages us to "Study Ten Thousand Books and Travel Ten Thousand Miles" in order for one to gain knowledge. This ancient adage encapsulates service learning in a nutshell as the pedagogy which combines academic learning within the classroom with experiential learning in the larger world outside the classroom.
The resurfacing of service learning in the higher education provides the needed corrective to the centuries old specialisation (compartmentalisation) of learning influenced by Western models. It seeks to recapture the importance of reflective engagement in an integrated learning environment evident in ancient Asian education, and now acknowledged as critical in an era of globalisation and postmodernity where glocalisation and subjectivity are important references for the appropriation and application of truth.
Through service learning, we have an opportunity to design and craft learning experiences for students to engage and learn in the more collaborative and facilitated classroom of school and life. Examples in Asian Journeys' service learning programme in environmental education from contexts as varied as urban Singapore to the desertified grassland of Inner Mongolia, will be highlighted as a case in point.
Lawrence Ko is the Founder Director of Asian Journeys Ltd. He has been a pastor, media director, social entrepreneur, and corporate trainer for the past 25 years. Lawrence founded Asian Journeys Ltd, a social enterprise, to network and nurture young leaders towards a vision of a creative and responsible community rooted in love for God, humans and creation. Asian Journeys Ltd has been a community partner of National Youth Council and Youth Expedition Project for the past 14 years.
*This session is open to NAFA staff only