Being a single parent and juggling full–time work along with it isn’t an easy task. But that was the reality for Ms Sp Shanthini whose son, Arvin Shankar, is in Primary 6. She constantly worried about his whereabouts after school as there wasn’t anyone to look after him while she’s at work. However, help came to her in the form of the Big Heart Student Care Centre at Teck Whye Primary School – where Arvin studies.
The Big Heart Student Care Centre project, co-operated by the four SHGs, was set up in November 2015 to run school-based student care centres in schools to cater to students of all races. These centres deliver a homely and conducive after-school care environment for students and complement the Ministry of Education’s efforts in offering educational and developmental support to students and reaching out to those from less-advantaged backgrounds. As of 2016, 10 centres were operational with 27 Indian students enrolled in the programme.
This centre at Teck Whye Primary School turned out to be good news not just for Ms Sp Shanthini, but for Arvin too. “I’m very happy to be at the student care centre after my lessons end because I get to meet students from other classes and levels. The teachers in the centre have many activities planned for us and we also complete our homework in the afternoon. During school holidays when I go to the centre, we get to go on learning journeys too”, said Arvin.