The Community Involvement Programme (CIP) is a mainstay of the curriculum across all levels, with the objective of building social cohesion and civic responsibility.
Community involvement is not confined to helping welfare institutions. Schools are given the autonomy to select appropriate activities for their pupils in the different levels. They can 'adopt' community projects and facilities, e.g. parks or even a section of a park.
Support is necessary from parents and the community at large so that values and precepts imbibed in schools are reinforced outside and not undermined. The media and grassroots organisations also play major roles in achieving this.
The Community Involvement Programme should be conducted on a whole-school approach which encourages participation by all in the school community. This will help teachers and pupils to gain ownership of projects which schools have put their names to.
Pupils should also be entrusted with the recording of involvement and activities undertaken. Each pupil should keep his own logbook and make entries in it. This is to help sensitise students to what they have done, in time cultivating the right attitude towards community work and civic participation. Teachers need only record once, at the end of the year - that the pupil has fulfilled at least six hours of community involvement a year.
Exposition on the LogoThe two interlocking strokes represent the strong partnership between schools and the community in the building of community spirit among out young.
Red is used to convey passion and commitment.
The bold, wave-like strokes depict a community that is energised and renewed by the active participation of its members.
The use of brush strokes conveys the timeless of the spirit of community involvement.
Service-Learning is an educational method that involves students in challenging tasks that meet genuine community needs and requires the application of knowledge, skills and systematic reflection on the experience. It is
The National Youth Council (NYC) is the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore. NYC aims to develop a vibrant, highly-connected and self-sustaining youth sector so as to nurture World-Ready Youth - youth with the values, outlook and skills to thrive and succeed in a global environment and yet maintain strong ties to their families, community and nation.
One of the ways in which NYC supports the development of youths and youth organisations is to source for, promote and support the use of appropriate youth development tools. Service-Learning is one such tool which NYC has promulgated in the youth sector since 2000.
Do you need information about S-L? Or tips to carry out S-L projects?
NYC has a collection of S-L books, manuals, games and video tapes which are available for loan.
Are you using the S-L approach in community projects and looking for funding support?
NYC’s Young ChangeMaker Grant (YCM) and Youth Development Fund (YDF) provide seed money for the implementation of meaningful S-L projects that benefits the community and develop youths simultaneously.
Looking for suitable training providers to conduct training workshops or camps for youths (or staff)?
We can connect you to trainers with proven track record in training youths and adults in Service-Learning application.
The Youth Leadership Development Grant (YLDG) provides training subsidy for youths being trained in service-learning application, leadership development, and community project management. The YLDG will be open to secondary schools, institutes of higher learning, youth organisations, voluntary welfare organisations, ethnic and faith-based organisations, from 1 April 2007.
For more information and enquiries on the above, please contact us at…
National Youth Council
Resource Development Section
Tel: 68399181 / 183 / 184