SINGAPORE: A collaboration between the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) and Hwa Chong Institution starting next year will go a long way in creating a more compassionate society in Singapore.
Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, said this on Saturday at a graduation ceremony attended by some 450 students and their parents.
The students completed a 10-month Project Excellence programme that helps them in academic and other areas.
The programme helps students from lower-income families achieve good results, and teaches them skills such as time-keeping and decision-making.
The CDAC said the project was piloted in 2009, and since then, students in the programme have shown "remarkable outcomes".
It added that the number of students in the programme has also increased from 54 in 2009 to 275 in 2013.
Of the latest batch, 45 per cent of Primary Six students scored at least 3A*/As in their Primary School Leaving Examination.
Ms Low said Hwa Chong Institution student volunteers have been helping CDAC students since 2011 - in areas such as homework clinics and reading programmes.
The collaboration will allow CDAC students to take part in Hwa Chong Institution's programmes such as primary science trail and student-led leadership conferences.
Ms Low added that the CDAC will start another collaboration with Nanyang Girls' High School in June 2014. It will work together with the school to co-create some initiatives that will benefit CDAC students.
"It's a win-win for both CDAC and Hwa Chong students. Our CDAC students will look to the Hwa Chong Institution students as role models and continue to strive for excellence in their academic results, and also imbue in them the strong moral values. At the same time, through such collaborations, Hwa Chong Institution students will be able to hone their leadership skill sets, communication skills and also strengthen their empathy," she said. - CNA/de
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