Every day, some 30,000 primary school children do not go home immediately after school, but rather go to student care centres (SCCs). These SCCs are located both in schools and in the community, and can be run by commercial or voluntary welfare organisations. For children who go to SCCs, their SCCs become one of the places where they spend most of their waking hours, outside of their home and their school. Temasek Foundation Nurtures wanted to make a difference to these children by bringing to them programmes which enable them to learn about life values in a fun yet meaningful way.
The Learning is Fun and Exciting (LIFE) Programme started in late 2017, with 9 coaches and 119 students participating in the pilot. As of August 2019, the LIFE Programme has expanded to benefit 34 SCCs, trained more than 160 coaches and impacted 3,000 students. The SCCs are managed by a variety of operators such as the YMCA of Singapore, Big Heart Student Care, Life Student Care and Raffles Student Care.
The Foundation is collaborating with Julia Gabriel Education, The Alpha Mind, O School and Ivy Cubs to develop values-based curricula and training opportunities for staff in SCCs. The curricula incorporates core values such as respect, responsibility, resilience, integrity, care and harmony. Besides curriculum training sessions, the Foundation has also partnered with organisations such as SHINE and Ngee Ann Polytechnic, to make available foundational skills courses.
Temasek Foundation Nurtures will continue to reach out to more partners to extend the reach of the LIFE Programme.