In 2005, Kinderland introduced a revolutionary concept for its Kindergarten 2 (K2) students: an “ambassador box” programme, where students could contribute items to overseas Kinderland students via snail mail.
Since then, students have exchanged, learned and shared cultural practices, helping them to broaden their perspectives and appreciate the differences between themselves and far-flung friends.
Then, in 2018, Kinderland advanced the concept and integrated technology to form its e-Ambassador programme. It’s actually one of the leading preschool’s innovative initiatives to meet the Ministry of Education (MOE)’s goal to advance information and communications technology (ICT) skills and competencies for young children into the 21st century. Read on to learn more about this exciting scheme!
Each year, Kinderland selects topics such as National Day, Chinese New Year and International Friendship Day to celebrate international-mindedness and learn about different cultural practices while involving students in the festivals or events.
Students are encouraged to work in groups to conduct research on the designated topics, and eventually present their findings to Kinderland peers in countries including Cambodia, China and Indonesia, developing their self-confidence and self-esteem. “My friends from China could still understand me even though I was nervous and forgot some of the words during my sharing!” shares one student Alyssa.
The cultural exchange during these programmes prepares students for future educational pathways in primary school or international school. It also builds familiarisation with digital tools and skills in technology, literacy, problem-solving and decision-making – all fundamental to a child’s growth.
Plus, it’s fun! As Emma gushes, “I held the pictures so that my friends in China can see the special goodies we eat in Singapore!”
Even better? Kinderland’s e-Ambassador programme complements its well-established curriculum. Topics taught in school like “World & Me” and “Nature & Me” are featured thematically in the programme. This, in turn, builds students’ understanding in the learning domains of language and literacy, logical thinking, creative expression, motor skills development as well as the discovery of the world.
Visit Kinderland’s website to find out more about this unique learning opportunity for your litte one today!
From The Finder Issue 301, December 2019
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