Thirty-five children with special needs and at-risk youth received recognition for the social skills they displayed during local charity group Equal Ark’s youth development program.
These social skills include being able to manage their fears and step out of their comfort zones. These children also showed a sense of ownership and being able to empathise with their friends.
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Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung acknowledged these youths with special needs during Equal Ark’s dinner at the Shangri-la Hotel. They reflected these skills during experiential learning activities at the National Equestrian Park near Thomson Road. Their caseworkers and teachers continue to hone them in the hope of bringing about positive behavioural change.
The program has nurtured more than 4000 youth since it began in 2011. It is part of the curriculum for the Secondary Two students of Spectra Secondary School. Northlight Secondary School students go through it during their first year.
Equal Ark has also introduced two programmes that target families and the elderly who struggle with dementia. Fourteen seniors from the Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens and the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home also receive acknowledgement for lifelong learning. Equal Ark will start a program for caregivers next year.