ENKA Schools expect all students from preschool to high school to develop community service awareness and to take active roles in projects.
In the primary school students actively participate in community service projects in all grade levels. At these ages when students start developing an awareness of service to community, they launch initiatives based on the needs of the community, and work towards achieving their goals with excitement. Also, in Grade 4, students select a real world issue of local or global significance, and conduct an in-depth inquiry into it as part of their PYP Exhibition, which is a compulsory component of the PYP. As a result of their learning, they take actions to contribute to the solution of the issue.
The Community Service Project, which is a Grade 7 requirement, is spreading to other years as our school is an official MYP candidate school now. Students are engaged in community service projects which are appropriate to their age and classes. Teachers supervise students in this process. Projects change as students advance to higher grade levels; We expect Grade 5 students to prepare bulletin boards about endangered animals; whereas, Grade 8 students cooperate with students who study at special needs schools and prepare a fair for them.
There is community service in all grade levels at the high school. Grade 10 students have to complete at least 40 hours of community service till end of year. Students start these projects and continue them as a part of CAS studies in Grade 11. The main principle is sustainability for the projects.
Students gain the learning outcomes listed below as they engage in community service projects:
- They develop social responsibility
- Students are introduced to different socio-economic cultures
- They increase students’ self-confidence
- They develop responsibility skills
- They develop organization skills
- Students experience teamwork and develop these skills
- They enrich students’ communication skills
- They reveal students strengths and they find opportunities to work on their weaknesses
- They develop student-initiative
- They develop their creative-thinking and problem- solving skills
- Students understand the universality of the needs all around the world
- They also get the chance of experiencing and gaining some skills which make an important difference in higher education or in business life.
ENKA students have completed many community service projects in the past. Some of the community service projects are still active. You may see some examples below:
- The Urfa Project
- The Bayburt Baksı Project
- The Nepal Project
- The Alp Şen İyilik Project
- The Antalya Fenike Project
- The Beyoğlu Anatolia Culture Foundation Project
- The Şehit Üsteğmen Ali Büyükdicle Special Education School Project
- The Sarıyer Municipality Youth Center Project
- The Girls on the Field Project
- The Support for the Visually Handicapped School Project
- No handicaps Tennis
- The Dreamcatcher Club
- Community Volunteers Club – Support Project for Aziz Nesin Foundation.