Education is akin to planting trees. The trees need to grow deep roots, in order to thrive and flourish.
The six years of primary school education cultivate children’s sense of ethics, propriety, and decorum. Upon entering secondary schools, the teenagers begin to develop aspirations and goals for their future. Hence, an important focal point of education at this stage is to inculcate positive values and provide a moral compass for the youths.
The Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class has been established for close to two decades, and recruits teenagers between the ages of 13 to 16 years (Sec. 1 – Sec. 4 students). It offers a holistic programme designed with various experiential activities that encourage exploration and discovery. Through participation in these activities, the youths are guided to identify and understand their own emotions and traits, and learn helpful skills to navigate and overcome the challenges of growing up. Children who graduate from the Parent-Child Bonding class may also enroll in the Teenagers’ Class, to continue their learning journey in an environment imbued with Tzu Chi’s humanistic values.
Led by a team of loving volunteers, the monthly Teenagers’ Class helps to instill positive values, such as kindness, compassion, filial piety, etc. in students, and inspires them to find meaningful directions in life. To cater to the needs and inclinations of modern youths, the lessons are no longer limited only to classroom-based instruction or one-way teaching. As life and character education is best taught through outdoor or hands-on activities, the programme of the Class includes recycling work, charity sale, farm visits, etc., where the students are given opportunities to take on responsibilities, work in a team, and serve in practical ways.
The Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Camp is held annually at the Jing Si Hall. During the Camp, lessons are delivered through fun and interesting games and activities, which engage the students in an enriching and meaningful way. The Camp also brings the entire year’s lessons to a fruitful closure.
Date and Time：4th Sunday of every month, 9AM - 2PM (lunch is provided)
(Open to Sec.1 – Sec. 4 students)
Venue : Jing Si Hall
Annual Fee : S$140
* Registration for 2018 intake is closed.
Parents and children from the Tzu Chi Parent-Child Bonding Class went on two separate excursions to Lorong Halus Wetland and Bedok NEWater Plant, where they learned how precious our water resources are.
Youths from the Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class spent a joyful and meaningful Sunday morning at Tzu Chi recycling points helping to sort recyclables. They also collected rubbish on the busy streets nearby and promoted recycling to the public.
A group of youths from the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association took time from their busy schedules to celebrate the lunar new year at SASCO Senior Citizens’ Home.