Celebrating 25 years of Kindness in schools
Singapore, 13 November 2015 – Organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), the annual Kindness Awards was held earlier today at Golden Village at VivoCity and attended by more than 1,800 guests comprising students, teachers, partners, and supporters. The event recognized the efforts of schools and students who have helped to promote values of kindness, graciousness and consideration, while empowering students to continue to make a difference, within and outside of their school communities.
This year’s awards comprised two different programmes – Friend of Singa and Kindness Badge – which support the Ministry of Education’s existing Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum of instilling values, such as respect, integrity, care and harmony. These values are in line with SKM’s vision of a kinder and more gracious society, and lend credence to the theme of “A Nation of Kindness starts with One”.
A recipient of the Gold award was the Gan Eng Seng Secondary School Dragon Scouts, who wanted to spread kindness in the workplace and larger community. For their project, they conducted a survey and identified that nurses were among the least appreciated occupations in Singapore. They then asked the public to write notes of appreciation, which were compiled into a scrapbook and presented to the appreciative nurses at the Singapore General Hospital.
Dr William Wan, General Secretary of SKM, said, “A young person picks up many important values during their formative years that may well last a lifetime. The quality of the projects on display today bears testament to the creativity of our youths and their great will to make a positive difference in Singapore. It is very encouraging to see them working together to make their home, school, and community, a kinder and better place. I hope they will continue to apply this sense of curiosity, thoughtfulness and enthusiasm to what they observe in their everyday lives, ultimately becoming change-makers who will shape our society into a kinder and more gracious one.”