Education is akin to planting trees. The trees need to grow deep roots, in order to thrive and flourish.
The six years of primary school education cultivate children’s sense of ethics, propriety, and decorum. Upon entering secondary schools, the teenagers begin to develop aspirations and goals for their future. Hence, an important focal point of education at this stage is to inculcate positive values and provide a moral compass for the youths.
The Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class was established in 1997 and recruits teenagers between the ages of 13 to 15 years. It offers a holistic programme designed with various experiential activities that encourage exploration and discovery. Through participation in these activities, the youths are guided to identify and understand their own emotions and traits, and learn helpful skills to navigate and overcome the challenges of growing up. Children who graduate from the Parent-Child Bonding class may also enroll in the Teenagers’ Class, to continue their learning journey in an environment imbued with Tzu Chi’s humanistic values.
Led by a team of loving volunteers, the monthly Teenagers’ Class helps to instil positive values, such as kindness, compassion, filial piety, etc. in students and inspires them to find meaningful directions in life. To cater to the needs and inclinations of modern youths, the lessons are not limited to classroom-based teaching or one-way teaching. As life and character education is best taught through outdoor or hands-on activities, some of the programmes include recycling work, charity fair, farm visits, etc., where the students are given opportunities to take on responsibilities, work in a team, and serve in practical ways.
The Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Camp is held annually at Jing Si Hall. During the Camp, lessons are delivered through fun and interesting games and activities, which engage the students in an enriching and meaningful way. The Camp also brings the entire year’s lessons to a fruitful closure.
Open To: Sec.1 – Sec. 3 students
Date and Time: 4th Sunday of every month, 9am – 2pm (any changes will be notified in advance)
Venue: Jing Si Hall, Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre, Nylect or other Tzu Chi affiliated locations)
Annual Fee: S$200 per student (9 lessons, not including uniform)
Class Start Date: 28 January 2024
Language: Conducted in Chinese
Teenagers' Class is now open for registration:
Registration will be closed on 30 Dec 2023.
Laughter and tears intertwined at the Seeds of Hope Merit Awards Ceremony 2023, as parents watched their children gracefully served tea, embodying a maturity beyond their age.
The concluding session of this year's Tzu Chi Teenagers' Class was a unique experience. Students embarked on an outdoor adventure at the botanical garden to foster a deep connection with nature and self-discovery.
What games do you play during your holidays? Families from Tzu Chi Parent-Child Bonding Class enjoyed a delightful day at the Humanistic Youth Centre, engaging in interactive station games that not only brought joy but also strengthened the bond between parents and children.