This course our school has begun a new project called Safa R-Aps that promotes the development of competences through cooperative work and service learning.
This project involves the participation and cooperation of all the pupils, from pre-primary to secondary students. One of the most important elements is that the students are grouped according to their own interests but in different ages. This mixture of knowledge, interests and levels promotes social values such as teamwork, respect and tolerance.
The project is structured in 4 blocks (R-Aps) with a differentiated thematic: emotions, communication, sustainability and guidance. Each topic offers students different workshops or corners in which they participate developing different activities and projects. Also, each R-Aps has specific goals such as promoting reading habits taking into account emotions, interiority and values (Emotions); Developing communicative competence with the use of new audiovisual languages, multilingualism and the use of ICT (Communication); encouraging mathematical and scientific reasoning, the care of the environment, the body and health (sustainability); and to improve attention to diversity (guidance).
The activities that include each R-Aps are very diverse and offer students the chance to find one that arouses their interest and motivation. In this way, the boys and girls can choose between making an urban garden, participating in the improvement of the library or the playgrounds, doing yoga, writing the digital magazine of the school or teaching the younger ones to read, among many others options
The groups of students carry out the activity they have chosen according to their interest, work together and cooperatively to achieve a common goal. The essence is participation and collaboration. Students learn to work with others in order to achieve social benefits.
Through the Safa R-aps, a combination of contents, competences and values is combined in one activity with the accomplishment of tasks of service to the school community. At the same time, a learning focused on the interests of the student is promoted and it develops its potentials based on the multiple intelligences of Howard Gardner.
The project promotes a student-centered learning and encourages children to participate, to be interested and to be implicated emotionally with the learning.