The Learning Service (ApS) is an experimental pedagogical methodology that seeks to integrate the activities of serving the community with the classroom curriculum. The ides is for the students to use their academic contents and tools to serve the needs of the community.
The particularity of this service and what differentiates it from other social initiatives, is its institutionalization in the school curriculum. In ApS three essential processes take place:
- Students learn better when they put into practice contents studied in different courses.
- Practical learing helps solve the problems and needs of the community.
- The ApS methodology helps students to get involved in their social environment, developing values like solidarity, social responsibility and civic respect.