NIE Student Teachers Set National Record for Senior Citizens

NIE Student Teachers Set National Record for Senior Citizens

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

As a Group Endeavours in Service Learning (GESL) initiative, 19 NIE student teachers joined hands with The Organisation of Senior Volunteers (RSVP) Singapore to raise greater awareness and understanding of senior citizens in the local community.

Through the project “Hearts of Gold – Active Ageing Through Volunteerism”, the group aimed to collect positive and encouraging messages that acknowledge the dedication of  RSVP Singapore volunteers and senior citizens in Singapore in honour of SG 50. The NIE volunteers handed out specially-made cards at various locations around Singapore in October and November to be completed. More than 4,500 cards were collected and later pieced together to form the shape of a giant heart. The formation was officially entered into the Singapore Book of Records© as the nation’s largest made.

The Group Endeavours in Service Learning (GESL) is a community outreach programme of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Through GESL, NIE student teachers come to experience how teaching plays an integral role in community-building and why education is a lifelong commitment in better engaging future generations and beyond. Student teachers, through their networking and support groups, connect with the community across a myriad of social and charitable sectors to lend their expertise to positive causes.

The record was officially presented at the RSVP Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on 4 December 2014, at Tim Palace, SAFRA Toa Payoh.