Faculty of Education grads take on service learning

Monday, April 14, 2008

Starting today, April 14, this year’s graduating class from the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario starts a week of service-learning in the community.

More than 800 teacher candidates will lend a hand in charitable organizations, not-for-profits, businesses, schools, libraries and education programs and while the vast majority will serve the London community during the week, 32 students have traveled to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and 40 others have arrived in France to assist in public schools.

“Our teacher candidates are very excited about Community Learning Week,” says Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Education at Western.

“Teaching is a wonderful career but the contribution of teachers extends well beyond the walls of the school. Teachers know their communities and serve them in so many creative capacities. We are very grateful to the many organizations that have come forward to offer placements for our graduating students during Community Learning Week.”

“Everyone wins in this wide-reaching initiative illustrating the value of London and Western’s ‘Town & Gown’ partnership,” says Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best.

“With hands-on interaction, the organizations acquire new perspectives through the eyes of the grads, while the new teachers gain insight to help instill a sense of community in future generations of students.”