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
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.