Our commitment to service-learning inspired us to fully explore the potential of collaborative learning beyond traditional classroom boundaries and establish partnerships with NGOs working with Hispanic populations in the Providence area and Latin American countries to address educational challenges and promote sustainable practices in connection to art education, reading and writing literacy. Community engagement at the local level and abroad enables us to learn about and practice reciprocal relationships, and to cultivate our linguistic understanding and intercultural awareness.
The prospects of such expanded partnership are exhilarating, and gathering around ‘the giving tree’ for conversation and intellectual exploration would gain a new purpose of reimagining educational spaces and enacting connections that would truly foster a more organic approach to education where participants contribute meaningfully to the learning of all involved.
The cohort of North-American and Russian students participating in the Waves literacy project would foster a deeper sense of cultural awareness, as learners would experience different facets of cultural immersion –within the Nicaraguan local community as well as within the student community to be formed abroad, blending perspectives from the west and the east that will collide in the common objectives of serving, learning and connecting.
LISTEN to the MUSTN'ts, by Shel Siverstein