ST wins global prize for guide to teaching values

ST wins global prize for guide to teaching values
ST's handbook showing teachers how to use the news to discuss issues in class was so well-received that it later added a segment for parents.

SINGAPORE - The Straits Times programme for values education has won a World Young Reader prize from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra).

For the second time since 2010, the broadsheet topped the Learning With The News core category, which recognises outstanding achievements by a News In Education programme globally.

"Our enterprising Schools team is always on the lookout for creative ways to aid learning in the classroom," said The Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez.

"This latest award is further recognition of their efforts to connect with our young readers. We will not let up in this effort."

The paper launched a two-page section in its weekly magazine for secondary school students, IN, to address personal development and ethical issues.

It then produced a special 96-page teachers' handbook - 48 Values From The News: The Straits Times' Guide to Building Character - that showed how to use the news in class to discuss responsibility, choice and identity.

The two new initiatives led to a tie-up between the newspaper and the Education Ministry in July, under which the daily will be distributed to all secondary schools with special editions of IN on four occasions this year and next year.

The two issues this year marked Racial Harmony Day and the National Day Rally, and the ministry also purchased 800 copies of 48 Values to distribute to its character and citizenship education teachers.

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