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Nurturing our Young for the Future – Competencies for the 21st Century

Competencies for a Changing World

How do we prepare our children today to thrive in a future driven by globalisation and technological advancements?

Schools provide a strong academic foundation for our young. To help our children thrive in a fast-changing world, schools and parents need to work hand-in-hand to help them develop 21st century competencies. A strong partnership between the home and the school will put our children in good stead for the future.

We want to nurture each child to become a:

Confident Person who has a strong sense of right and wrong, is adaptable and resilient, knows himself, is discerning in judgment, thinks independently and critically, and communicates effectively.

Self-directed Learner who questions, reflects, perseveres and takes responsibility for his own learning.

Active Contributor who is able to work effectively in teams, is innovative, exercises initiative, takes calculated risks and strives for excellence.

Concerned Citizen who is rooted to Singapore, has a strong sense of civic responsibility, is informed about Singapore and the world, and takes an active part in bettering the lives of others around him.

Developing 21st Century Competencies in School

Schools will equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values for living and working as adults in the 21st century. To incorporate 21st century competencies in the academic curriculum, schools will refine their teaching approaches and assessment methods. To enable students to keep track of their own progress, MOE will support schools by developing tools for holistic feedback and assessment. MOE will strengthen the quality of Physical Education, and Art and Music education. These subjects are integral to a holistic education experience for our students. They enable our students to develop physical robustness, enhance their creative and expressive capacities, and shape their personal, cultural and social identity. Values and competencies will be explicitly taught during character and citizenship education lessons.

Schools will also develop 21st century competencies in students through a vast range of co-curricular activities (CCAs).

Knowing the Child

It is important for teachers to know students individually. In this regard, the form teacher plays a key role in caring for his or her students, paying attention to their development in every domain. The guidance period is thus invaluable for form teachers to get to know their students better. Within schools, opportunities will be offered for teachers to share and discuss their students’ development profile and needs with them.

Working Hand-in-Hand with Parents

Parents play a critical role as partners in our mission to prepare our young for the future. From 2012, all students will be provided with a Holistic Development Profile which will keep you updated on your child’s progress in his journey to develop these values and competencies. Do keep yourself updated on your child’s progress through informal discussions with his form teacher and during Parent-Teacher Meetings.

Together, we work hand-in-hand to nurture our children for a brighter future for all.


Source: The desired outcomes of education are available on the MOE website: www.moe.gov.sg. The information contained in this booklet is correct as of March 2010.