MOE Develops Toolkit For Character Education
Tuesday, 08 November 2011
The Ministry of Education has developed a tool kit for schools to shape their own Character and Citizenship education (CCE) curriculum.
The tool kit sets out several broad approaches.
These include integrating CCE into the school's academic subjects, co-curricular activities and staff development programmes, as opposed to treating it as a standalone subject.
Schools should also customise their programmes based on the profile of their students.
Teachers will need to be supported through professional development courses and relevant research materials and parents too need to be roped in to reinforce the values taught in schools.
The toolkit also provides checklists templates with guiding questions and self-assessment tools.
Laying out the details at the first Character and Citizenship Education Conference on Tuesday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the emphasis on character building is part of his Ministry's holistic development approach.
The conference is jointly organised by the National Institute of Education and MOE.
Mr Heng said, "While we continue to help our pupils acquire knowledge and skills, the best that our pupils can acquire is self-confidence, determination, resilience a sense of responsibility and the ability to work with others. These are the qualities and disposition that will equip them to succeed for life."
He said the challenge is in translating these objectives into effective teaching and learning as there is no test for values.
He added that this effort will take time to bear fruit, and success can only be gauged by how well values are internalised.
Source: Channel NewsAsia, sph