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
* The next intake for the Parent-Child Bonding Class starts in February 2019. Registration is closed for the class.
Decked out in square caps and gowns, K2 students from Tzu Chi Great Love PreSchool had the first graduation of their lives amid well-wishes and blessings from their teachers and parents.
Students from Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class enjoyed a fun activity on the Henderson Waves Bridge during an excursion in the school holidays. They also bravely approached members of the public to promote environmental protection to them.
“We witnessed how he (Ye Ming) gradually grew up over the years, and the changes in him have influenced all of us. His development (and transformation) is truly something precious that money cannot buy.” – Mother of Tan Ye Ming, a graduating K2 student...