Creativity, Activity, Service: How Is An IBDP Program Instrumental In Making 21st Century Leaders

Creativity, Activity, Service: How Is An IBDP Program Instrumental In Making 21st Century Leaders

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) is a core element of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a global high school qualification that serves as the perfect route to global education and career opportunities. Developed with a holistic outlook, the purpose of CAS is to strengthen and extend personal and interpersonal learning to students in order to equip them with the skills required to be successful in the increasingly competitive 21st century.

The CAS component requires the students to undertake a collaborative project that incorporates the elements of:

Creativity – arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Activity – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity, and autonomy of all those involved are respected.

From organizing and performing a dance/play for an orphanage to hosting a cleanliness drive in slums, the kind of projects that students can undertake to fulfill the CAS component are limitless. Basically, the CAS project is a lifelong learning opportunity that exposes students to real-world issues and enables them to take up practical, tangible measures to address them.

Here are some of the significant ways in which this shapes young people into empowered leaders and problems solvers:

● Develops a sense of empathy for society
● Induces a sense of responsibility towards self and others
● Makes one more sensitive to the people around
● Develops strong leadership skills
● Develops critical thinking and incites an analytical approach towards doing tasks

The CAS component gives students the opportunity to explore new possibilities, embrace new challenges and adapt to new roles, all within the purview of high school education. Here at Excelsior American School, our endeavor is to cultivate a global perspective in the current generation wherein the ethos is ‘self-inspired learning’. Therefore, we have a multi-cultural environment with students from various nationalities who work together, for a culturally immersive CAS experience.

The underlying vision is to develop active, self-controlled, cognitively-conscious, self-inspired learners. Do you want your child to be one?