Building Empathy is one of Woodlands Secondary School (WDL)'s core values, to fulfil its mission in Nurturing Enduring Hearts and Creative Minds Ready to Serve Society.
As part of WDL's Learning for Life Programme (LLP), every Woodlander (as the school's students are called) is given the platform to develop the skills and mindset to serve the community. Here, we have two Woodlander journal their experiences in several ground-up initiatives supported by the North West WeCare Fund.
Before planning their initiatives, the students participated in Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Dialogue in the Dark. The programme offers a unique and effective platform for the students to experience everyday situations - in complete darkness. With the experience, the students build stronger empathy and deeper understanding for the vulnerable in our community, to better plan their initiatives.
Ground-up initiatives can help foster greater understanding and empathy for others by creating opportunities for direct interaction and shared experiences.
The North West WeCare Fund has supported Woodlands Secondary School in its Learning for Life programmes by helping to fund the following initiatives:
- Training for Youth Ambassadors at Dialogue in the Park at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (20 October 2022)
- WDL Cares @ North West where students organised a Block Party (18 November) and brought residents from the Rental Blocks 3 and 4 at Marsiling Division to Hort Park (6 December 2022) for them to bond as a community.
- Care for Elderly @ North West where students visited seniors at Sunlove Active Ageing Centre @ Marsiling to befriend and interact with them through meaningful activities. (14 July)
Find out more about the North West WeCare Fund here.
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