The message and meaning of kindness was given a different interpretation by the little students of Singapore who participated in coaster magnet design workshop held at Masjid Al-Islah in Punggol. The theme of the project was ‘kindness to all’.
The workshop is part of the service learning fundraising project, with Club Rainbow Singapore as the beneficiaries. Students from aLIVE students and children from Club Rainbow Singapore participated in the common activity.
aLIVE programme is an abbreviation for Learning Islamic Values Every day. It is an Islamic education programme developed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).
The curriculum embedded in the aLIVE programme aims to nurture students who are compassionate and caring. Service Learning is incorporated in the aLIVE curriculum since its inception in 2004 and is a core component of the programme. Held annually at the different centres, Service Learning help students to apply what they’ve learned in the real world, and at the same time, increase the student’s social responsibility, activism and citizenship skills.
“For us, it is important for the students to meet and see the beneficiaries, to know that there are others from the same age groups who are living with difficulties,” said Mohammad Khidir Abdul Rahman, Assistant Director, Youth and Community Education Strategic Unit that oversees the aLIVE programme.
“From this experience, we hope that the message of “Kindness to All” that we are propagating for this year’s service learning will be more personal and more meaningful,” he added.
Esa Massod, deputy chief executive of Muis and Teo Siang Loong, deputy executive director of Club Rainbow Singapore was also present at the workshop and helped the students in designing the coaster magnets.
In the workshop, about 300 coaster magnets were completed. Students from other aLIVE centres will continue to design the coasters till early September. The finished artwork will be will then be sold off for SGD2 apiece at the Salam Singapore Community Festival to be held in September, as part of Muis50 celebrations.
Members of the public can also take part in designing the coaster during the community festival. This fundraising project is expected to raise SGD50,000, and all proceeds from the sale will be donated to Club Rainbow Singapore.