Teach SG empowers NUS student volunteers to take on tutoring and mentorship roles for primary and secondary school children from low-income families.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has received a generous donation of S$10 million from Ho Bee Land, through its philanthropic arm Ho Bee Foundation, which will be channelled towards Teach Singapore (Teach SG), a flagship university-wide community outreach programme. Piloted by NUS in January 2021, Teach SG empowers NUS students to make a difference in the lives of children and youths from disadvantaged backgrounds through community-based tutoring and mentoring.
Teach SG was officially launched by Minister for Education Mr Chan Chun Sing (centre), Ho Bee Land Founder and Executive Director Dr Chua Thian Poh (left), and NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye (right).
The gift was presented to NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye by Founder and Executive Chairman of Ho Bee Land Limited Dr Chua Thian Poh at the official launch ceremony of Teach SG, held today at the NUS University Cultural Centre (UCC), which was graced by Guest-of-Honour Minister for Education, Mr Chan Chun Sing.
NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye said, “We are deeply thankful to Ho Bee Land and Dr Chua Thian Poh for the gift of S$10 million, which will go towards empowering NUS students to provide mentorship and guidance to youths and children from low-income households through Teach SG.
Education is one of the critical enablers to achieve social mobility. Children and youths from lower-income households, however, may not enjoy a level playing field due to various challenges. We started Teach SG at NUS in the hope of addressing this area of need and doing more than just offering tuition. Teach SG will give them a better head start in life by providing academic support, building character, developing good study habits, and inspiring them towards further education . Furthermore, it will seed positive social responsibility in NUS students while reinforcing the University’s tradition of giving back to society.
We thank Ho Bee Land and Dr Chua, and other donors for their generosity and unwavering support, and also for sharing our commitment to educate and inspire beyond the University, and make an impact on the community around us.”
Dr Chua Thian Poh, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ho Bee Land Limited, said, “It has always been a key priority for me and for Ho Bee Land to invest in a holistic education where our younger generation has the opportunity to make real transformative change in the community and, in society.
I am confident that the positive impact of Teach SG will be far-reaching and sustainable as it broadens the reach of Ho Bee in nurturing youths as community leaders and future changemakers. With meaningful initiatives like Teach SG, I trust that more people will see the importance of advancing social mobility through education.”