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Learning for Life Programme

Empathy and Critical Thinking through Community Problem Solving (CMPS)

Our Objective

In SJC, Learning for Life Programme (LLP) is a platform for students to build their critical and creative thinking, and nurture empathy and social awareness of community issues in Singapore and beyond.

Our Approach

SJC has adopted the Community Problem Solving (CmPS) strategy, a component of The Future Problem Solving Model developed by Paul Torrance as the approach for our LLP which is implemented through Values-In-Action (VIA) experiences for all students.

Our Programme

In lower secondary, through class VIA projects, students are exposed through a combination of lectures, workshops, newspaper article readings to social issues such as sustainability, Singapore’s ageing population and the challenges that youth face. Students then identify issues that they would like to address and guided by their form teachers. They brainstorm and subsequently work through mini-solutions using the CmPS approach. This process of identification, analysis, selection and proposing introduces students to basic project management and collaborative work as the process takes close to half a year.

In upper secondary, students are provided with their second platform for community work as a class via their Secondary Three Camp Metamorphosis Level Camp when classes work with TOUCH community agencies. Some CCAs have also come on board over the years and set aside the time to work on community outreach as well. The graduating students also initiated and implement their own community projects.

Since the inception of the LLP in 2014, issues that students have chosen to work on include environmental sustainability, care and respect for animals, youth addition to social media and social isolation. Organisations that SJCians have partnered regularly include NParks, PUB, NLB, St Luke’s Elder Care, and kindergartens and primary schools in the Sengkang, Punggol community.

Community outreach projects that have made a greater impact have also been submitted for the annual CmPS competition (Singapore Chapter).

2019:  CmPS Top 10 finalists: Sec 2C’s project on reducing youth’s social media addiction and sleep hygiene issues.

2018:  Sec 2E’s project on water conservation was selected as best project at the annual PUB Water Conservation Competition (junior section)

2017:  CmPS Top 10 finalists: Debate CCA project on youth apathy towards social issues


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Sec 2F galvanized the school community to join them in beach clean-ups. They also set aside time to share recycling and upcycling messages with members of the public (2019).

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   2019 CmPS finalists with their teachers (left) and Sec 3 students' project with the elderly (right)

You may click here to read more of our Values-in-Action Experience for Student Development.