Local educator Ng Meixi spent four months in one of the poorest villages in Mexico in 2011 to see for herself how tutorial relationships (TR) is transforming education in the country.
Most homes in Presa de Maravillas, with a population of 140, had no running water or toilets.
The school did not have their own building. But it was not the lack of comforts that struck her the most.
"Many students were wounded by school, they were often school rejects.
"But I saw the remarkable changes in them after they went to school. I saw how learning was a healing process for the kids and their community."
Ms Ng was on a year-long fellowship with Princeton in Latin America, a non-profit organisation focused on facilitating development work in Latin America. It was partly sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Mexico.
She was part of Mexico's national strategy team to learn to transform the teaching and learning in the 9,000 worst-performing schools across Mexico.
The Singaporean graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a degree in education and social policy, before working at NorthLight School for eight months in 2011.
When she returned from Mexico in August last year, she started Fifty Fold, which aims to bring TR to Singapore schools.
The concept has been presented to at least eight schools here, with Hillgrove Secondary to join next year.
Ms Ng said: "My dream is to build a network of TR here, where students can share, excel and feel the satisfaction of learning."
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