NIE Director's Race
The NIE Director's Race is an annual fund-raising charity run, started in 2006, that brings together the NIE community including staff, student teachers and partners to raise funds for an appointed charity organisation.
NIE Director, Prof Lee Sing Kong, felt that the yearly charity drive by NIE is indeed a win-win effort as it is an integral part of teacher training to inculcate values in helping the less fortunate whilst the funds raised will go a long way to bring some cheer to the needy.
For its support towards ComChest, NIE was presented the Bronze Award at the Community Chest Award 2008.
In 2009, NIE was presented the Singapore Children’s Society’s Gold Award 2009, for her outstanding contribution to the Singapore Children's Society (SCS) at the SCS 2009 Awards Dinner, graced by Guest-of-Honour Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With the generosity of NIE colleagues and supporters, NIE successfully raised $97,000 through the 2008 Director’s Race to support the SCS’s mission of bringing relief, hope and encouragement to the many children and families in need.
NIE has truly made a difference in the community!
Year 2010: Beneficiary: Society for the Physically Disabled - Education Programme's Tuition Subsidy Fund
Year 2008: Beneficiary: SIngapore Children's Society
Year 2007: Beneficiary: MINDS Jurong Gardens School
Year 2006: Beneficiary: Singapore Heart Foundation
Group Endeavours in Service Learning (GESL)
Group Endeavours in Service Learning (GESL) is a service-learning community outreach programme of NIE. Student teachers through their networking and support groups will perform the service-learning projects facilitated by an academic facilitator.
The type of community projects undertaken will be decided by the GESL groups through their own decision-making process and resources. Each group will perform a needs analysis with an organisation or community to ascertain the scope of the project. Service and learning objectives will be determined before the group start on their project. Completed projects are showcased within the NIE campus, or through other communication channels.
GESL is undertaken by all student teachers in NIE's initial teacher education programmes since 2005 .