Community Service

As much as society is advancing in the field of technology, it is increasingly ignoring the importance of human relations. In the midst of this worrying trend, there have been suggestions to make community service a mandatory part of the school curriculum. I firmly support this suggestion. Glancing over the implications of both, the helper and the helped, I will shed light on the need and importance of this step.

Being part of voluntary community service in schools, will instill a sense of community fellowship in the students. This is something that has gone missing in this era of social disintegration and change. Having witnessed the power of community service and effort at this young age, will certainly make sure that the next generation will be able to have a world where personal needs do not completely oust the needs of the community. This renewed sense of being a community, can also impact the socialisation process by being the answer to many social issues like crime and drug abuse that breed in the lack of social support. The students can also learn how to manage their time and improve team working skills.

Moreover, those on the receiving end of these acts of volunteering and kindness, will also feel inspired to contribute to the society in whatever way they can. Acts of charity can be contagious and can help in triggering a chain reaction. This point is evident from the fact that we ourselves feel inspired to become better human beings when we hear stories of selflessness and sacrifice. Thus to empower those in need, does not end at what they receive, the spirit carries on through them to offer the same to others. The sheer implications hidden in these acts, warrant that community service should be integrated in school curriculums.

On the other hand, I also believe that community service should not be mandatory. Compulsory activities usually do not create enough motivation and guarantee for more activities in the future. Coercion has always been a punitive strategy with no incentive. Educational authorities should put such a program in extracurriculars and not in their main curriculum which may interfere with their studies. Having a flexible program and encouraging policies can guarantee to keep the activity in the future. They should lead that they can be a member of any community anytime, anywhere. As an illustration , according to research in a university, people who were active members of the community in their childhood, continued their activities in their adulthood.

To summarise,unpaid community service has a prominent role to teach life skills and should be a part of after-school activities and can have a lot of benefits for society and young adults. The sense of responsibility to community and the contagious nature of selfless acts coupled with the benefits that these can provide to the society as a whole, are reasons enough to be implemented. Using an encouragement strategy can make a vow and commitment in adulthood and help create the philanthropy culture in society.

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