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FY 2012-2013

Temasek Cares – Academic Programme for Learning-Needs and Underprivileged Students (A PLUS)
Providing a structured academic programme in school-based student care centres for students with learning needs
Partner: Yayasan Mendaki

Photo Credit: Yayasan Mendaki

School-based student care centres provide care for primary school students aged 7 - 14. The centres operate within the school’s compound and are run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations or by private operators.

Many of the students in school-based student care centres come from low-income or disadvantaged families. These students benefit from the structured before- or after- school care and supervision provided by the centres. Currently, most of these centres focus on providing pastoral care. Very few centres are adequately resourced to provide structured academic support for students.

The pilot programme by Yayasan MENDAKI and Temasek Cares aims to build the capability of student care centres to support students who are slower learners. The programme aims to serve more than 240 students over 2 years in 2 school-based student care centres. Each centre is resourced with more teachers to help students improve their literacy, numeracy and I.T. skills. Students with learning needs receive support from an external learning needs specialist. The anchor concept is social and emotional learning. All the students will be equipped with social and emotional competencies to help them become successful citizens in the future.

The programme also provides financial support for needy families who need more help with the programme fees.

Press Release:
Read media advisory for Temasek Cares-A PLUS

Media Coverage:
The Straits Times Singapore, 28 May 2013
Channel News Asia, 28 May 2013
Berita Harian, 28 May 2013
Lianhe ZaoBao, 1 Jun 2013


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