This emphasis on providing socially useful and productive experiences to students is aimed at bringing students closer to the real understanding of socio-economic and cultural needs of their society. It aims to help develop among the students the habit to work as a community and encourage community thinking. Working together, students learn to solve problems and make decisions and successfully contribute to their community. They connect local concerns with global issues and gain awareness of others. All this will serve them now and years later as they transition out of school and into the world of work.
Socially Useful and Productive Work (SUPW) which is of a practical nature and undertaken under appropriate supervision and planning will help students achieve, inter alia, the following aims:
To develop positive attitude towards world of work and community service, students should be:
As a result of learning opportunities and experiences provided through the SUPW programmes, the students will become:
Given below are some ideas to get schools started with SUPW. It is not a definitive list. Schools may choose to differ from the list as it suits their needs. However, it is important to know the implications of the three terms, namely, ‘Socially’, ‘Useful’ and ‘Productive’ in identifying and deciding what may constitute as an appropriate SUPW activity.
SUPW activities must be voluntary, planned tasks whose outcomes contribute towards the school or the community. In looking at this broad description, it may be noted that regular and routine tasks like cleaning classrooms and surroundings should not be considered as SUPW activities.