SEVAI: Service Learning
AISC Service Learning Philosophy
The service learning program at AISC is called SEVAI (the Tamil word for ‘Service’.) At the American International School Chennai, SEVAI consists of three section-level programs; within each is a structure where choice and autonomy are appropriately balanced to suit the developmental needs of students across all grades and provides students with opportunities for learning, acting, connecting and reflecting .
Our SEVAI Program
- Empowers our students to apply what they learn and know in authentic situations within Chennai and beyond
- Strengthens our school’s commitment to service by providing members opportunities to contribute and make a difference in the rich cultural context of Chennai and India
- Assesses genuine needs, developing and implementing sustainable solutions, and reflecting on personal growth and the impact of contributions are key steps of the process
- Links teaching and learning to an increasingly interconnected world
The aims of SEVAI are to develop
- Socially aware, empathetic individuals
- Collaborative problem solvers who actively choose to embrace real world challenges
- Reciprocal relationships of mutual respect between AISC and the greater community
Grade 2 students have multiple interaction sessions with elementary students of Seva Samajam, an orphanage in the neighbourhood, as part of their social studies units. AISC students visit Seva Samajam twice during the year and vice versa. During these interactions, the students learn and teach traditional games, learn math together and create craft items together that are sold during the Grade 2 Crafts Mela end of the year. The proceeds of the Mela go towards buying desks and other necessary items at the orphanage.
Every month, our middle school students visit the Blue Cross of India, an animal welfare shelter where help clean, wash, and feed puppies and kittens. They also spend time with the animals to help them get used to human contact.
Math Matters is a student club devoted towards improving math education in India, by introducing underprivileged children to a diverse group of students and organizing competitions for underprivileged children around the city of Chennai. They strive to make math fun and interesting to kids from the community. Each member of Math Matters is put into a team, in which they will visit the local school to teach the kids every week.