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Service Learning

Promoting a culture of service through learning

AISA leads the promotion of service learning in the Africa region and around the world. Our member schools are dedicated to preparing their students to be global citizens and future leaders, engaged and equipped to contribute to their community, be it at the local or global level.

Service learning is a great contributor to this endeavour. As a powerful form of experiential education, it allows students to learn through their actions; by DOING. Time spent working on community and environmental projects becomes part of the student’s lifestyle. Complemented by readings, lectures, reflections and discussions, students become informed, compassionate and future-focused change-makers.

AISA GISS

What is AISA-GISS?

The AISA-Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS) is a three-day annual summit hosted by an AISA member school.

AISA-GISS motivates and encourages students to enquire about global issues and learn alongside other delegates and changemakers from across Africa.

Student delegates spend time presenting, learning, sharing and discussing important issues during the summit, followed by a hands-on service learning day in the local community.

AISA-GISS provides delegates with opportunities to strategise solutions to global issues, meaningful sessions and stories about positive change happening here in Africa, and the support for taking action and engagement in their own communities.

AISA-GISS has become a calendar highlight for many of our AISA member schools as students are awakened to the notion that they can make a difference as they work together to consider and develop solutions for Global Issues.

Future AISA-GISS Dates

  • 2021/22
    03 – 04 February 2022 (Virtual)
    Host School: American International School of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2022/23
    19 – 21 January 2023 (Onsite)
    Host School: UWC East Africa, Tanzania

Note: All dates are subject to confirmation. If your school would like to host AISA GISS in the future, please contact AISA.

Previous Events

Inguquko
May 2021 (Virtual)
American International School of Johannesburg

N’zassa
January 2020
International Community School of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The 2019-20 AISA GISS Theme is N’zassa which means together we are whole.

Visit the AISA-GISS website for more information here.

Toa Mkono
January 2019
International School of Tanganyika

Toa Mkono in the local tongue of Swahili means “lend a hand” and links back to the core values behind the GISS summit. This connects to the concept of sharing ideas in order to better deal with the issues that are seen in various international communities.

Visit the AISA-GISS website for more information here.

It Start’s with Us!
January 2018
International School of Kenya

Empowering young people to collaborate locally, regionally, and globally in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues…

Visit the AISA-GISS website for more information here.

Phambili
2016/17
American International School of Johannesburg

Phambili is a Zulu word meaning Moving forward to face the challenges of the future. The aim of the conference was to focus on sustainable solutions for global issues. The conference had four pillars that essentially expressed Phambili. The pillars include conservation, human rights, social entrepreneurship, and animal welfare.

Visit the AISA-GISS website for more information here.

Funguka
2015/16
International School Tanganyika

The theme of the conference is ‘Funguka’. Funguka is a Kiswahili word that means ‘to open up’, ‘stand up’, ‘advocate’. A global citizen who embodies ‘Funguka’ is one that is open to new ideas, embraces different perspectives, speaks out and recognises that positive change and responsible action starts from within.

Visit the AISA-GISS website for more information here.

Lanzela: Educating for Sustainability
2014/15
American International School Mozambique

The theme was Lanzelela: “Educating for Sustainability”. Lanzelela is our home word for “an important pursuit” or “pursue a goal”; coined in Changane, a language common in southern Mozambique. Our pursuit for the 2015 summit was to understand and promote Education for Sustainability. We believe education is the key to unleashing sustainable attitudes. It has the essential role of forming citizens who are engaged in their communities’ improvement.

Visit the AISA-GISS website for more information here.

Betumi
2013/14
Lincoln Community School Ghana

Participants will share best practices and reflect on global problems such as water shortages, environmental degradation, infectious diseases and the loss of ecosystems. There are many different ways to describe GISS, but in the simplest of terms, it is an unforgettable experience where teachers, students, adults, and friends from around the continent come together to inspire one another to take action in their lives.

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Service Learning Awards

Each year AISA offers several awards to promote and encourage a culture of service-learning within the AISA school community. These awards are open to all AISA full member schools.

Student Service Leader

This award is for a student service leader(s) who is able to demonstrate a commitment to their community and how he/she has used learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to address an expressed community need.

Outstanding Service Project

This award is for a service-learning project that may be run by an individual student or group of students whose project has a direct benefit to a community, as opposed to specific people or an individual. The project may address environmental issues, construct infrastructure that will benefit a community, involve the restoration of community space or assets, or respond to a direct need in a community (e.g. food, clothing, or book distribution). There are many types of projects that may fall into this category, so let your imagination run wild.

To find out more and make a nomination, click the below button.
 
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Service Learning Community

Join the AISA Service-learning Community

AISA has created numerous online communities for its members to participate in. Some of these online forums are hosted by experts in the field of service learning and are designed to assist leaders, educators, and co-professionals who are responsible for their school’s service learning programme.

As an AISA member, you simply need to click on the button below to join.
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Service Learning Community

Service Learning Events

Throughout every school year, AISA provides learning events for service learning coordinators, educators, leaders and others to develop their knowledge and skills on how to develop and implement a service learning programme in their school.

The AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS) is one of the highly anticipated annual learning events for students and service learning coordinators. The 2022 AISA-GISS will be hosted by the American International School of Cape Town (AISCT) as an online event and is scheduled to take place on 03 – 04 FEB 2022.

AISA is also excited about the first Service Learning Virtual Conference Day. This one-day event is open to all AISA school leaders and educators and seeks to support those developing and embedding Service Learning in their schools.

As an AISA member, you can register for these and other learning events. Click the button below to view all our scheduled learning events.
 
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Service Learning Events

Service Learning Resources

AISA has a substantial range of AISA-created service learning resources as well as some collected from some of the most respected experts in the field. These resources are easily searchable and downloadable to all AISA member schools’ leaders, educators, programme coordinators and co-professionals responsible for their school’s service learning programme.

 

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Service Learning Resources

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