Service-learning is nourished by an intense dialogue between theoretical perspectives in which pedagogical, didactical, spiritual, institutional and cultural references are combined and integrated. In this space we explore these theoretical inspirations and the different approaches from which it is possible to understand the meanings and purposes of the AYSS projects implemented within the framework of UNISERVITATE.
In the last few years, there has been growing reflection on the responsibility of higher education institutions to place their knowledge and resources at the service of the community as a whole, providing solutions to society's most urgent problems and promoting sustainable development. In addition to the traditional concepts of outreach and social service, others have been added such as volunteering, university social responsibility (USR), or the development of social capital. Each of these concepts is associated with theoretical assumptions and also with diverse institutional cultures and practices.
The pedagogical proposal of service-learning at the University opens a space of encounter and convergence of intentions and actions oriented to social intervention by involving teachers and students in the attention of real problems of local or global communities from the teaching. It offers a genuine and profound way of articulating academic excellence with the social commitment of higher education to the construction of a just society.
Chantal Jouannet & Manuel Caire, Universidad Católica de Chile
Daniela Gargantini, Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina
Nicolas Standaert, Louvain University, Belgium
UNISERVITATE is a global and networked programme that is established through a process of permanent development and the integration of new actors and institutions from a series of regional hubs strategically distributed around the world.