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.

Ongoing Projects

1 Physiotherapy Vientiane Laos

Physiotherapy Bachelor Programme Upgrade in Vientiane, Laos

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.

Duration: 2016 - 2020

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.

Physiotherapy Bachelor Upgrade Programme in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Physiotherapy Bachelor Upgrade Programme in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Host Partner: University of Health Sciences of Cambodia

Singapore Partner: SingHealth

Project aim: To raise the standards and quality of physiotherapy services in Cambodia through more advanced training.

Duration: 2017 - 2020

Outcomes: The project is expected to train over 80 Cambodian physiotherapy practitioners to sustainably benefit 80,000 patients annually. The project will also enable physiotherapists who are diploma holders to advance their educational qualifications to a bachelor’s degree and aims to improve the standards and quality of physiotherapy services at the national level.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum Enhancement and Pedagogy Project in Mumbai, India

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum Enhancement and Pedagogy Project in Mumbai, India

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.

Duration: 2017 - 2020

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 2020.

Mathematics and Science Curriculum Enhancement in Bangalore, India

Mathematics and Science Curriculum Enhancement in Bangalore, India

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.

Duration: 2017 - 2020

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 2020. The project augments the Karnataka state government’s commitment to the larger UN SDG of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all.

Early Childhood Education (ECE), Bandung, Indonesia

Early Childhood Education (ECE), Bandung, Indonesia

Host Partner: Indonesian Kindergarten Teachers Association (IGTKI) West Java

Singapore Partner: Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

Project aim: To raise the capabilities of early childhood educators in the West Java province by equipping them with enhanced skillsets in ECE service delivery, as well as upskilling their training capacities to ensure long-term sustainability of the project.

Duration: 2019 - 2021

Outcomes: A team of Singapore International Volunteers comprising faculty members from the ECE programme in SUSS will collaborate with Indonesian ECE educators from IGTKI. They will share knowledge, skills, and best practices with early childhood educators in the West Java province. Fifty Indonesian master trainers will be further equipped with enhanced pedagogy and quality assessment skills, so they can impart this knowledge to 250 peers in the sector. This project is expected to benefit over 9,000 students, teachers, parents, and caregivers in the community by 2021.

Skills for Integrated Education in Schools (SKIES) in Kuala Lumpur and Johor, Malaysia

Skills for Integrated Education in Schools (SKIES) in Kuala Lumpur and Johor, Malaysia

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.

Duration: 2019 - 2022

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.

Teaching and Learning for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Teaching and Learning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.

Duration: 2019 - 2021

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.

In-field (English Language Teacher) in Vientiane, Laos

In-field (English Language Teacher) in Vientiane, Laos

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.

Duration: Jan - June and Jul - Dec

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.

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