A new summer school in the Gambia helps learners apply their habits-of-heart and conflict resolution skills to address community challenges. In the summer of 2018, the learners role-played a project on empathy, comparing communities with health care services and first aid volunteers and communities with serious illness and no health care services. The learners also examined both sides of labor union conflict to empathize with the results of conflict on communities.
These radiant “stars” learned first aid and sponsored a health fair as a service project, inviting eye specialists from major hospitals who gave 85 exams and free eyeglasses to community members. At least 320 people attended the fair. The venue, Kanifing Health Clinic, has seen increased attendance ever since.
The director said, “This health clinic had been overlooked by many in the community …but today there has been significant increase in attendance as a result of the intervention of the service project by the Inspiring Young-Stars, an organization that build most of its pillars from the concept of the Full-Circle Learning.”