The National Institute of Education seeks to nurture student teachers who will lead, care and inspire. Hence, our teacher education model prides itself on being holistic, developing not only pedagogical skills and content knowledge, but learner-centred values, positive teacher identity, and a spirit of service to the teaching profession and to the wider community, both in Singapore and beyond.
Since 2002, the Youth Expedition Project (YEP) has been a vehicle through which our student teachers have developed positive values and 21st century competencies. Through 34 projects, 642 of our student teachers have travelled to China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines, working with local communities in these countries through service-learning projects. These ventures and adventures abroad have had various objectives: infrastructure upgrading, teaching, exchange of knowledge and skills with teachers, environmental conservation, and cultural exchange. Our student teachers have come away with compassion, humility, other-centredness, resilience, adaptability, determination, commitment, enterprise and a better sense of mission.
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