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  • Thinking about and discussing the meaning of their service experience, connecting it with broader: social issues personal values. A student helping in a homeless center in lower Manhattan as part of the Youth Service Opportunity Project comes to see a human face on what previously may have been an abstract concept – homelessness. Eg. Students in two courses – psychology and creative writing – work in pairs to make weekly visits throughout the semester to homebound elderly person . Task is to write a short biography. Robert Bringle , director of the Center for Public Service and Leadership at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianaplois have a flier: Tell me and I forget Teach me and I remember Involve me and I learn. (T. Marchese, “Service-Learning in the Disciplines: An Interview with Monograph Series Editors R. Bringle and E. Zlotkowski, AAHE Bullitin (March 1997). For College Students Course based service has a stronger effect on promoting students’ sense of civic responsibility than does service conducted independently or through the cocurriculum. [A.W. Astin and L.J. Sax, “How Undergraduates Are Affected by Service Participation, Journal of College Student Development, 39, no.3 (May/June 1998): 251-63] Structured reflection linking the academic and service components Journals Papers presentations .
  • What are the highest development priorities in this country? Introduce the Purpose What are the MDGs? How they originated Why do they matter? Background The MDGs include halving income-poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education and gender equality; reducing under-5 mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters; reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS; and halving the proportion of people without access to safe water. These are age-old challenges. Poverty is an old enemy that has many faces. What is unprecedented is the commitment of world leaders to agree on setting a deadline for human development.
  • Talk about the benefits and downsides of the Goals, and be sure to have the information on the details of the targets.
  • The Millennium Development Goals were not a ‘bolt from the blue’, but encapsulate a lot of the work of UN conferences of the 1990s (and earlier) and bring them together in a coherent, targeted framework for international development.
  • Bridging The Gap Through Service

    1. 1. Bridging the Gap through Service Addressing Inequality in Central America and the Caribbean www.serviceforpeace.org
    2. 2. The Gap <ul><li>According to the World Bank, the richest tenth among Latin Americans earn 48% of total income, while the poorest tenth earn just 1.6%. The equivalent figures for rich countries are 29.1% and 2.5%. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Addressing the Gap <ul><li>To break with the long history of inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Bank concludes that, among other measures, societies need to undertake deep reforms of political, social and economic institutions, improve access by the poor to vital services and assets, especially education. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>S ervice For Peace is an independent nonprofit organization providing service and learning opportunities through community projects which promote transformational and sustainable personal and community development around the world. </li></ul>Connecting People to Peace Through Service
    5. 5. Bridging the Gap <ul><li>Service For Peace seeks to address both sides of the gap by increasing awareness and action on both sides. Unless the political, social and economic institutions are sensitive to, and familiar with, the plight of the poor, there is little motivation to address their situation. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Bridging the Gap <ul><li>If the poor are not exposed to possibilities beyond their current situation and provided with the education and the means to address their own needs, there is little incentive to strive for something more. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Bridging the Gap <ul><li>Service For Peace therefore involves college and high school students in voluntary service programs designed to increase international cooperation and to break the cycle of poverty in Central America and the Caribbean. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Bridging the Gap <ul><li>We form strategic alliances with colleges, government ministries, NGOs and businesses to improve elementary education and to provide experiential learning and training in leadership development, citizenship, and social responsibility. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Bridging the Gap <ul><li>Service For Peace seeks to build a network of colleges and universities throughout the region, each with a service-learning program related to community development within the context of the Millennium Development Goals. </li></ul>
    10. 10. “ … the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer
    11. 11. Part 1 Changing the Paradigm through Service
    12. 12. Service: A Comprehensive Paradigm <ul><li>Through serving develop the mindset of living for others, </li></ul><ul><li>A serving community provides a model for unity within diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>The contribution of each individual is valued from varying socio economic statuses, as well as different ethnic or religious backgrounds. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Opportunities for the volunteer to develop character
    14. 14. Volunteers are encouraged to engage in dialogue with the activity, other volunteers and the beneficiaries of their service. A circle of learning
    15. 15. Time for reflection
    16. 16. I slept and I dreamed that life was all joy. I woke and saw that life was but service. I served and I understood that service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore poet and Nobel laureate
    17. 17. Part 2 Contribute to Society and Make History
    18. 18. Improving the quality of life
    19. 19. Confronting the damage that uncaring, self-centered behavior wreaks on the environment
    20. 20. <ul><ul><li>“ Our surveys continue to show that volunteers are far more likely than non-volunteers to be concerned about others and about social causes. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virginia Hodgkinson, Key Factors Influencing Caring, Involvement and Community </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Research shows that service to the community give a sense of belonging—ownership.
    22. 22. <ul><li>“ Youth who have opportunities to care for others through service have higher levels of self-esteem, less depression, better school attendance, and a greater sense of social responsibility.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helen LeGette </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parents, Kids and Character </li></ul></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Sense of Being a Part of History <ul><li>Actions are presented as part of a historical perspective of activism, service, social responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational content consists of history of activism, moral exemplars. </li></ul><ul><li>Long term commitment of the project. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Sense of Being a Part of History <ul><li>Distinction between generations that “live history” and generations that “make history.” </li></ul>Rosa Parks sits in the front of a city bus in Montgomery, Ala. on Dec. 21, 1956, the day a Supreme Court ruling banning segregation of the city's public transit vehicles went into effect.
    25. 25. Generations that Live History <ul><li>Accept present conditions as just and necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the opportunities presented by present conditions to achieve self satisfying goals. </li></ul>
    26. 26. Generations that Make History <ul><li>Evaluate present conditions and determine if they should be maintained or changed to promote social justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Work toward goals or principles that promote social justice. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to alter the course of current events. </li></ul>
    27. 27. The Millennium Development Goals What they are Where they came from Why they are important http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
    28. 28. The Millennium Declaration, adopted by 189 heads of state at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, committed governments and intergovernmental institutions to focusing international economic and social cooperation on the achievement of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 This list of goals is a ground-breaking achievement by the international community Not only did all U.N. member states agree to the MDGs, but it was the first time the international community-with the United Nations as facilitator-identified focused, time-bound, measurable and mutually-reinforcing development goals as a framework for the improvement of the human condition 8 GOALS……
    29. 29. 8 ways to change the world …
    30. 30. The Millennium Development Goals offer: <ul><li>An unparalleled opportunity to make the world a better place </li></ul><ul><li>A formal recognition that poverty can be solved when both the rich and poor of the world work together </li></ul><ul><li>A practical and achievable set of targets for international development up to 2015. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations “ These eight commitments…are simple but powerful objectives that every man and woman…can easily understand and support.  They are also different from other bold pledges that became broken promises over the past 50 years:  first, because they have unprecedented political support; second, because they are measurable and time-bound, with most of this agenda meant to be attained by the year 2015; and third -- and most important – because they are achievable.”
    32. 32. “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has .” Margaret Mead anthropologist

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