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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso Developing and retaining that innate sense of curiosity and creativity is a focus at Naval Base Secondary School. With the school's niche in visual art, students are immersed in an environment that is visually rich and inspiring. They are also offered many opportunities to cultivate soft skills through art, such as resilience, creativity and confidence, which would stand them in good stead for the future, regardless of what each student chooses to pursue. Certainly, not everyone can be like Picasso, but the school nurtures a culture of openness and inclusiveness that motivates students to take a shot and see how far they can go.
"I still remember when parents used to ask their children to pick from things like a calculator, a book or a thermometer as an indication of their aspirations to be accountants, teachers or doctors - which were the most stable and respected jobs then. These jobs continue to be respectable professions, but there are also many other career options for Gen Ys now,' said Senior Minister of State for Education and Law Ms Indranee Rajah at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Graduation Ceremony held on 21 November 2013. With its practice-oriented degree programmes, SIT, Singapore's fifth autonomous university, has added to the diversity of higher education options for our students. For example, the inaugural one-year degree programme in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, offered in partnership with Trinity College Dublin, has 82 students from the graduating cohort.
To teach students with special needs, Special Education (SPED) schools have been developing their teachers and leveraging Information and Communication Technology (ICT). For the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) School, assistive technology has proven to be effective in helping students progress in their learning. It empowers special needs students to tap on their abilities and overcome difficulties. AWWA School caters to the needs of 250 students, between seven and 18-years old, with autism or multiple disabilities. "The use of ICT helps to enhance learning. It can be a simple technology or an advanced one. It depends on the needs of the student," said Mr Izad Ghalid, Head-of-Department for ICT at AWWA School.