The 2014 student batch of JSLH has engaged with Project Hope as part of the school’s commitment to service learning. The Nizamuddin neighborhood in Delhi works as a site of locational concentration for Project Hope and its educational, health care and child minding provisional goals in the Delhi National Capital Region. Dean Kathleen Modrowski, an educator with specialization and research interests in experiential/service learning, heads student participation in this active learning context.
By situating students in a diverse range of tasks and research project forms, reading, writing, situational opportunity and economic variation have become concerns for the JSLH students as their own civic/ intellectual investigations develop.
Over the course of their term-long participation in service learning as a part of their interdisciplinary seminar, the axiology of pedagogy is opened up to multiple forms of analysis – student-centred, community inflected, effect-orientated, active and concealed economic differentiation and multiple active agencies. Children within Project Hope range in ages and comprise over 700 and encompass crèche, preprimary, girls’ non-formal and support/ evening classes. As a part of Dean Modrowski’s anthropological interest in humanities and human rights in society, this project indicates JSLH’s collective and definitional (including both teachers and students) research interest in active pedagogy as a transformative cornerstone in wider liberal arts study.