Speech By Mr Jaryll Chan, SIF Deputy Director Of Programmes Division, At The Launch Of The Mathematics & Science Curriculum Enhancement Project In Bangalore, India

Srimati Parvathi, Assistant Director (Public Instruction), Department of State Educational Research and Training, Government of Karnataka,
Mr Roy Kho, Consul-General, Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Chennai,
Shrimati Shukla Bose, Founder and CEO, Parikrma Humanity Foundation,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning and thank you for joining us at the launch of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Parikrma Humanity Foundation’s “Mathematics & Science Curriculum Enhancement Project” in Bangalore. Today marks the start of a three-year collaboration project by the SIF and Parikrma Humanity Foundation towards building capabilities and capacity among primary school educators in Bangalore in Mathematics and Science. 

Our shared vision is to offer every child the best possible education we can. A solid education is a great equaliser which levels the playing field and gives the child a fighting chance to make their own in the world. To ensure that our children benefit from our education system, it is essential that we start with the most basic building block – our educators.  We believe that equipping educators with an enhanced set of skills will facilitate better programme delivery, and positively impact their students.

Both Singapore and India are pursuing a collective goal of ensuring access to quality education and educators for our children, and it is this which forms the bedrock for our partnership. In Singapore, primary school educators make up nearly half of our entire teaching strength of about 33,000 teachers and they go through professional development and mentoring to keep honing their skills. Our success at global assessment rankings recently is but a testament of the remarkable efforts by these teachers.  For this project, our team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) from the education sector in Singapore, are here to exchange insights and share best practices with their Indian counterparts in this important area of curriculum delivery.

For this collaboration, it is our honour to once again partner Parikrma Humanity Foundation which champions education and holistic development for the underserved children of Bangalore. This partnership will not only connect Singaporean and Indian educators to share and exchange knowledge, skills, and best practices in their respective domains but will also enhance the content knowledge, pedagogical skills and assessment tools of our Indian counterparts with the latest knowledge in the field.

Up to 700 educators are expected to be trained from this project, benefiting more than 5,000 children in the process.  A core group of 30 Mathematics and Science master trainers will be empowered and equipped with the skills and expertise to conduct workshops independently.  They, in turn, will cascade their newfound knowledge to their peers, thus ensuring longer term positive impact for the community.  Towards the end of the project, the master trainers will also work with our SIVs to co-produce a resource guide to strengthen the pedagogy skills training of future teachers.

At this juncture, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our partner – Parikrma Humanity Foundation – and my appreciation to the team of specialist volunteers from Singapore, led by Ms Peggy Foo. Our volunteers are forefront contributors of primary level education in Singapore, They look forward to sharing their experiences with you as well as to observing your practices in augmenting their approach to educating young children.

As always with SIF projects, deepening mutual understanding of each other’s culture is important to us and we hope you will set aside time to building firm friendships as well.  Our friendship with India is a longstanding one – 22 years to be exact. From the states of Maharashtra to New Delhi to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the SIF has worked with institutional and individual partners from the government, corporate and non-government sectors. Our work, be it in education, healthcare, arts, environment or livelihood, seeks to bring people together to connect communities and enable collaborations to effect positive change. We look forward to this new partnership and the friendships to be formed between the peoples of Singapore and India.   Thank you.

 

 

 

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