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Partner Organizations: U.S. Embassy, Singapore; In cooperation with the Ministry of Education

Language Requirement: No requirement

Eligible Program Dates: January through early June*

*Teachers going to Singapore will start their programs in the first week of January.  Program lengths can vary.

Educational System Overview

In recent years, we have been shifting our education landscape to prepare our students for a fast-changing world economy that is rapidly disrupted by new technologies. The following are the key shifts in our education system to help our students become holistic individuals and lifelong learners ready for future challenges.

Developing a Culture of Innovation and Creative Ability

We are making a paradigm shift away from an over-emphasis on academic grades to holistic education. While academic excellence is a key strength of our system, there is space to help our children discover their multiple strengths beyond the academic, and to give them the support, time and space to develop them. We strive to inculcate in them an entrepreneurial dare where trying is encouraged, and failing is seen as an opportunity to learn while progressing towards success. We want our students to develop a mind-set of pushing boundaries and to pursue innovative breakthroughs. Innovation is supported by a mastery of knowledge and skills, which comes from experience, thinking and doing over time.

Creating Flexible, Differentiated Pathways for Our Students

Recognising that each student has his own unique strengths, we see the need for fluid and flexible pathways for our students. Our education system takes into account the interests and aptitude of our students. If our students are good at something, we want to help them hone their strengths by gaining the essential knowledge and skills to flourish. Students who are able to accelerate in their learning are stretched, while those who require more scaffolding and time get the necessary support. This way, our students are not held back but are instead better supported in realising their potential. We strive to let our students go through an education that recognises and develops their different individual strengths. Differentiating is key not just at the systems level, but even in the classroom, where the teacher needs to be skilled in drawing upon a repertoire of teaching practices that will help in supporting the learning of every child in the classroom.

Developing Individuals’ Potential Throughout Life

Education and learning need to be lifelong. Education must impart skills, not just information and knowledge. Our students need to develop a deep mastery of skills, and to acquire new ones to stay relevant. Lifelong learning is key. There is a strong mandate to promote and drive lifelong learning in Singapore even amongst adults with SkillsFuture. We aim to cultivate a desire in our students to embrace opportunities to learn, unlearn and relearn new knowledge and skills not only in school, but throughout life.

Strengthening Character and Values Education

Values and character education remain at the core of our education. They anchor and guide our students in navigating the uncertainties and challenges of the future. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical part of our students’ learning to prepare them to live and work as adults in the 21st Century. Students are given opportunities to put their social and emotional competencies into action through their involvement in activities such as Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and Values in Action (VIA) programmes. We believe that our students can better internalise our core values through experiential learning and deep reflection.

Education and Career Guidance

Many of our youth choose their paths in higher education based on where their grades take them. Our young need guidance to discover themselves, their strengths, and interests. We aim to strengthen the Education and Career Guidance in our education system. We want to sustain and foster an environment where students discover their interests, and are guided in their choice of subject discipline and eventually, career options. These structures will help them to make informed decisions about their education pathways, vocations and career choices.


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