Middle School Community and Service Programme
An integral part of the IB mission is to support students in 'developing a personal value system that guides their own lives as thoughtful and active members of local and global communities'. Through the Community and Service programme in the MS, the students are encouraged to recognize how their academic and social growth could be beneficial to the needs that exist within their communities. An important fundamental concept of the IB, namely, intercultural awareness, which promotes compassion and respect for others, is also sustained by such a programme. Students are therefore encouraged to identify specific issues, become aware of their responsibilities and be driven to taking positive action in respect of addressing the need.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements in every student's Diploma Programmed experience. CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiental learning. At the same time, it provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme.
Within the Diploma Programme, CAS provides the main opportunity to develop many of the attributes described in the IB learner profile.
The CAS Programme aims to develop students who are:
• Reflective thinkers – they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth
• Willing to accept new challenges and new roles
• Aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment
• Active participants in sustained, collaborative projects
• Balance- they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.
(IB CAS Subject Guide)
Over the years, Naseem International School has been consistently supporting charities in different countries worldwide.
The first of these projects was the fundraiser for patients suffering from cancer. The idea was to assist cancer patients with their medical bills and other expenses for treatments of the illness. The funds were distributed to identified patients within Bahrain and abroad. Two big charitable organizations in Yemen invited Mrs Sameera Al Kooheji to Yemen in order to participate in the drive to adopt and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. The Republic of Yemen Charitable Society for Social Welfare and the Dar Alshafaqa Centre for Cancer was delighted to accept the monthly sponsorship of US 2,000/-towards the rent of its new health centre for cancer sufferers. The centre shall cater to the needs of children recovering during their medical treatment by providing meals and accommodation, not only for the children, but for their families as well.
Mrs Sameera also witnessed much poverty during her visit to Yemen and it was there that she made the commitment to helped 60 needy and orphan children at the Republic of Yemen Charitable Society for Social Welfare. NIS contributed the total amount of BD 9,000/- towards the educational, medical and personal needs of the children at the Orphanage Centre. NIS invited its school community to play an active role in making this project a success by giving their generous support. We urged parents and students to embrace this community activity to help NIS to make this charity project a success.
One of the major projects we had last year was the 'Rebuilding Houses Project' during which we assisted needy families by successfully rebuilding and restoring 13 old houses from the East Riffa and Isa Town areas
This year, the NIS community donated BD 2,000 to the Children of Ghaza, BD 3,000 to AL – Eslah Society for the Children of Syria and another BD 1, 600 for camping caravans to be used as accommodation for the people of Syria. The funds were raised through the help and support of our students who organized different school events.
This year's programme also aims to raise money for the purchase of 50 wheelchairs which will be donated to hospitals and charity institutions all over Bahrain. We are currently collecting warm winter clothing which will be sent to the people of Syria as soon as possible.