Access to quality and inclusive education is the foundation for sustainable development and a more equitable world. Our educational projects support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 4 that aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all.
Our specialist volunteers from Singapore share their expertise in curriculum development and pedagogy with educators in Asia to deliver effective teaching materials and impart future-ready life skills to their students.
Teaching and Learning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2019 - Present)
Host Partner: Ho Chi Minh City University of Education (HCMUE)
Singapore Partner: Rainbow Centre Singapore
Project aim: To enhance the quality of special education for children with autism in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Outcomes: A multidisciplinary team of Singapore International Volunteers from Rainbow Centre Singapore will collaborate with 30 special educators from HCMUE and other schools in the city to share knowledge, skills, and best practices. A group of Advisors will also be cultivated, to oversee future implementations of the special education training in Vietnam’s schools and affiliated institutions. This project is expected to positively impact present and future cohorts of children with autism from some 16 schools and three hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as their parents and caregivers.
Skills for Integrated Education in Schools (SKIES) in Kuala Lumpur and Johor, Malaysia (2019 - Present)
Host Partner: Teach For Malaysia (TFM)
Singapore Partner: Individual volunteers from Singapore’s education sector
Project aim: To enhance teachers’ expertise and improve student-centric learning approaches in public schools in Malaysia.
Outcomes: A multidisciplinary team of Singapore International Volunteers comprising education professionals will collaborate with 200 Malaysian teacher trainees from primary and secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur and Johor. They will exchange knowledge, skills and best practices in areas such teachers’ empowerment, classroom management, and developing school programmes. A core group of 30 Master Trainers will be selected from the participants and equipped with enhanced skillsets that they can impart to a larger community of educators in Malaysia. By 2022, the project is expected to benefit over 26,000 teachers, students, and parents.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum Enhancement and Pedagogy Project in Mumbai, India (2017 - Present)
Host Partner: Muktangan Education Trust (India)
Singapore Partner: Individual volunteers from Singapore’s ECE sector
Project aim: To increase the quality of early childhood education in Mumbai by upskilling ECE educators who work with children aged three to eight years old.
Outcomes: A team of Singapore International Volunteers will work with their counterparts in Mumbai to enhance the curriculum, pedagogical and assessment skills of ECE educators. They will also train a group of Indian ECE educators as master trainers to perform cascade training to other ECE educators in the sector, creating a sustainable positive impact. The project augments the Maharashtra State Government’s efforts to encourage ECE to better prepare children for future learning. This project also functions as a scalable model to herald a long-term positive impact in the region’s ECE sector. The project is expected to benefit up to 240 early childhood educators and 2,400 underprivileged children in Maharashtra by 2022.
Mathematics and Science Curriculum Enhancement in Bangalore, India (2017 - Present)
Host Partner: Parikrma Humanity Foundation (India)
Singapore Partner: Individual volunteers from Singapore’s education sector
Project aim: To enhance the teaching standards of Mathematics and Science in Karnataka by building the capacity of teachers from Parikrma and Indian government schools.
Outcomes: A team of Singapore International Volunteers will work with their counterparts in Bangalore to raise the professional expertise of the teachers, facilitate interactive and active learning classrooms, as well as promote knowledge sharing between professionals in Singapore and Karnataka’s education sector. Up to 700 Indian educators from Parikrma Humanity Foundation’s schools and other government schools in Bangalore, as well as 5,250 school-going children, are expected to benefit from the collaboration by 2021. The project augments the Karnataka state government’s commitment to the larger UN SDG of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all.
Physiotherapy Bachelor Programme Upgrade in Vientiane, Laos (2016 - Present)
Host partner: Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences (FMT-UHS), Laos
Singapore partner: SingHealth
Project aim: To improve the quality of physiotherapy education and the rehabilitative care sector in Laos.
Outcomes: The project augmented the curriculum of the FMT-UHS Bachelor’s programme in Physiotherapy and increased the awareness of the latest physiotherapy methods and treatments. FMT-UHS’s teaching faculty and a core group of 25 Laotian Master Trainers – comprising FMT-UHS members, physiotherapy practitioners, rehabilitation nurses and orthopaedic doctors – were equipped with the skills and knowledge to deliver the enhanced curriculum. The Master Trainers will in turn train at least 30 physiotherapy students annually, thus enabling around 3,600 patients a year to regain some level of physical functioning and reintegrate back into society.
In-field (English Language Teacher) in Vientiane, Laos (Jan - June and Jul - Dec)
Host Partners: Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Laos and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Laos
Singapore Partner: Individual in-field volunteer from Singapore’s education sector
Project aim: To improve the English-language proficiency of government officials and diplomats in Laos through an English Course for Laos Government Officials (ELGO) and to provide guidance to the Laotians teachers in English language training methodology and pedagogy.
Outcomes: The project will see our in-field volunteer preparing lesson plans and creating opportunities for government officials and diplomats to practise their English language. A review report on “English Language Training for Lao Government Officials”, supported by the British Embassy in Vientiane, concluded that the English language programme conducted at the IFA provided high quality training, achieved superior learning outcomes, and should be regarded as a sustainable ideal model to be emulated by other government agencies.
Hear from Our Specialist Volunteers in Education
“It has been a very rewarding collaboration with my friends and professional colleagues in Cambodia and I hope we will continue many more projects and collaborations between our two wonderful countries, Cambodia and Singapore!”
Prof Celia Tan
Senior Director (Special Projects), DGCEO (Medical & Clinical Services)'s Office, SingHealth
Singapore International Volunteer Team Leader (Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam)
“My team and I conducted an online training programme to share teaching ideas using tools driven by technology. We explored virtual materials, applications and software to design interactive lessons for children. One of my biggest takeaways was witnessing the commitment and desire to learn new teaching ideas (despite many constraints and limitations) by our Indian counterparts. This was so that they could reach out to their students in their respective homes to ensure continued learning for the children, no matter what happens in the bigger environment.”
Ms Peggy Foo
Lecturer, National Institute of Early Childhood Development
Singapore International Volunteer Team Leader (India)
“Teaching transcends barriers: we may speak different languages but our common conviction and passion in our education of young children speak to our hearts.”
Ms Emily Ho
Co-Founder, Columbia Preschool and
Associate (Early Childhood Education), Singapore University of Social Sciences
Singapore International Volunteer (India and Indonesia)