What it’s all about
Learning through engagement, (aka service learning) links social engagement with learning. Thus, learning becomes practical and action-based. People learn that it is worthwhile to engagement with community. Social and democratic competences are learned. This will benefit both the participants and the community.
Why learning through engagement
The overarching goal is to strengthen civil society and thus democracy through learning through engagement. Society is not only benefiting from its concrete engagements, but also gains a committed generation who has learned that they can make a difference through actions. Learning through engagement builds social capital.
Learning through engagement promotes social participation and thus
• Democracy and social skills
• Action based knowledge
In addition, learning through engagement can help opening doors for employment and work opportunities.
For whom learning through engagement is meaningful
Learning through engagement can help all those who want to make a difference in their community, especially to
• enabling people to becoming part of a community (for example, migrants).
• opening doors for (young) people with difficulties of connecting
• connecting different generations
Methods and scope
Learning through engagement is a dynamic and creative group process that specifically builds and promotes relationships within groups, building contacts within a community.
The offer is strongly geared to the possibilities and concerns of the respective groups. In addition to working with values, virtues and belief systems and democracy education, elements of the work with groups are used.
Scope and costs depend on the request.