Schools get $150k gift for parent involvement

SINGAPORE - Fifteen primary schools will receive help in building their parent engagement programmes, thanks to a gift from Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and his friends.

Mr Goh and his golfing partners have donated $150,000, raised through a charity golf game, to be given to 15 primary schools chosen by the Ministry of Education.

The schools will each receive $10,000 a year, for up to three years, from next year to 2014.

They will use the fund to develop and implement innovative and purposeful school-based approaches to broaden and deepen their engagement efforts to reach out to more parents.

These approaches will be sustained by the schools beyond the three years of funding.

In addition, the schools can develop ways to help parents support their children's learning at home, such as simple learning activities that parents can do with their children, a guide for parents to help their children in making decisions, and tips on creating a conducive home environment for learning.

 

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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