One of the values that students at Eurocolegio Casvi Boadilla develop is solidarity within the framework of the International Baccalaureate. That is why we offer two IB programmes: PYP and MYP. The aim is to promote the social, intellectual and emotional skills of each pupil, which will enable them to take on the continuous challenges of 21st century society. In this article we review the different solidarity projects with the International Baccalaureate at Eurocolegio Casvi Boadilla.
The common framework for these two IB programmes is the IB learning community profile: “the expression of a wide range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success”. This IB profile is made up of ten attributes that we promote among our students, and one of them is precisely that of caring.
To quote from the article “Strategies for Developing Caring Youth” by Emily VaderKamp and Lori Mack, “a caring school culture is best developed when caring is an essential part of the institution and is present at all levels and in all functions. To develop a caring school, leadership, teachers and students must share an ethic of solidarity”.
Thanks to Casvi Solidarity Action, our students put into practice all that solidarity and empathy with others through aid projects on issues of local and global importance. In this way, they face new challenges and, by tackling them, try to make a positive impact on people’s lives and the environment.
The transversality is also transferred to the solidarity section at Casvi Boadilla. This is also achieved thanks to the coordination of Fran Corchero in Acción Solidaria Casvi. The new Organic Law 8/2013, of 9 December, for the improvement of the quality of education (LOMCE) says so. It proposes “a transversal approach aimed at ensuring that all students have guarantees of success in education through a dynamic of continuous improvement of educational centres and greater personalisation of learning”.
In accordance with educational legislation, the guarantee of a correct education “necessarily involves providing a comprehensive and balanced education”. And that is why it is important to emphasise training in solidarity and community service.
This is what we do at Casvi Boadilla International School from the moment pupils enter school.
Thanks to the PEP, Kinderganten and Primary School pupils analyse real-life situations and reflect on their learning in order to put it into action on a local and global level. They put it into practice in the PYP Exhibition, where they participate to contribute to the well-being of their community.
In MYP, service as action remains a fundamental element of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Students reflect and collaborate through the Community Project or Personal Project. By doing it, they reflect on a problem in today’s society in order to find a solution and implement it.
Sixth form students continue to collaborate, especially in the environmental field.
They carry out actions for the care of our biodiversity in the centre such as the creation of a vertical vegetable garden or the construction of nest houses.
Acción Solidaria Casvi carries out different actions during the school year in which our students have shown great involvement. As solidarity students, they know that we will only achieve a better world if we all do our bit in each project. Some of the campaigns that have been carried out over the years are: