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Posted 1 year ago

Has a teacher inspired you and positively shaped your life? Aidah Suparman, Angeline Lim and Mervyn Sek are three educators who strive to instil skills, knowledge and values in their students, not just in classrooms, but through volunteer work in the community. “10 years ago, a slipped disc confined me to a wheelchair for a month; I had a lot of time for reflection, ” shares Aidah. The Crescent Girls’ School teacher is also an active volunteer at King George's Avenue RC Centr e . “I wanted to motivate my students and foster the desire to serve society,” she says. “Education and community work go hand-in-hand,” states Mervyn – a MOE Community Partnership Officer and long-time volunteer at Ulu Pandan Our Home . “We want students to develop not just skills and knowledge, but also their ‘heartware’. Wholehearted community service opens the heart and teaches you to care. It enhances every area of your life. For youth who may not know what they want or what subjects to take, volunteering offers a chance to experience new perspectives, build values and find a clear purpose,” he explains. When asked about their greatest challenge and triumph, all three land on the same answer. “Empathy,” says Temasek Polytechnic Lecturer and Tampines North Volunteer Angeline. “When my students interact in ways I’ve taught them, or take the initiative to go above and beyond school requirements, it makes me proud.” For Mervyn, success is getting youths to walk in the shoes of others. “Young people are easily distracted. They want to have fun, get attention and feel good. Through volunteering, they learn to remove themselves from the equation and begin to serve others not to feel good, not for praise, but by sincerely putting others before themselves. That’s empathy.” To our tireless educators, Happy Teacher’s Day! #ThereForYou

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